In the Garden
- Around Valentine’s Day, apply dormant copper spray to peach and nectarine trees no later than bud swell.
- Fertilize mature trees and shrubs after spring growth starts.
- Be sure to remove and discard (do not compost) fallen camellia blossoms to reduce petal blight.
- Fertilize spring blooming and fall-planted perennials.
- Mulch 3 inches deep around plants (without touching stems) to conserve soil moisture.
- Plant in vegetable garden by direct seeding: radishes, beets, chard, and peas.
- Start tomato, pepper, and eggplant seeds indoors.
- Flowers to transplant or direct seed: snapdragon, candytuft, larkspur, coral bells, and stock.
- Plant bulbs for summer bloom: dahlias, begonias, gladiolus, lilies, etc.
- Plant potatoes.
- Finish pruning roses.
- Prune summer blooming shrubs now.
- Pest and Disease Control
- Watch for aphids on spring blooming bulbs; remove with a strong spray of water.
- As the weather warms prepare to battle slugs and snails with traps or pet-friendly baits.
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