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gardening tips

Each month we remind you what to do, what to plant, and how to enjoy your central east coast Florida garden…

what to do in your garden in February

February is an important month for gardening in Brevard county, zone 9b. Follow these steps in February to ensure your garden is looking its best this Spring! Watch our “February Zone 9b Gardening” video here.

Citrus care. Fertilize your citrus with Sunniland Citrus Fertilizer toward the end of the month. Spray foliage with Genisys, Citrus Scripts Nutritional Spray and Liquid Copper Fungicide before blossoms appear to provide essential minor elements, boost the immune system, and to keep fungal problems from developing (all can be sprayed together!). Maxicrop Liquid Seaweed can also be added to further enhance the health of the plant.

Learn more about Citrus Care and Citrus Greening in our YouTube video here

Amend your spring garden beds with organic materials such as compost, soil conditioner, or manure.

Learn more about amending your soil in our YouTube video here

Prune and fertilize your roses. It’s also a great time to plant new roses. Plan to attend our free rose seminar on February 15th, 2020. Register Here.

If you haven’t already pruned your crape myrtles, do it now before new leaves appear in March. Be sure to remove all dried seeds and wispy growth.

Prune the tips of azaleas and camellias soon after they flower, to promote fullness.

Apply crabgrass preventer in mid-February to keep seeds from sprouting. This is also a great time to kill existing weeds in your lawn. We highly recommend Dollar Weed Control for all lawns except those made up of Bahia grass.

Fertilize shrubs with Espoma Plant-tone or Holly-tone (for acid-loving plants).

Replant your container gardens.

Prune all shrubs, including tropicals, toward the end of the month.

February spotlight

Herbs and vegetables to plant now include: basil, beans, carrots, celery, chives, collards, corn, cucumbers, dill, eggplant, lemon balm, lettuce, marjoram, mint, mustards, onions, oregano, parsley, peppers, radishes, rosemary, sage, squash, tarragon, and tomatoes.

Annuals and perennials to plant now include: alyssum, African iris, agapanthus, begonias, cosmos, dahlia, dusty miller, geraniums, gerbera daisy, lobelia, marigold, nasturtium, petunias, marguerite daisy, salvia, snapdragon, stock, sunscape daisy, verbena, and violas.