Lawn & Garden
Learn—month by month—the necessary gardening activities for lawns and shrubs, annuals and perennials, fruit and nut trees, and bulbs, roots, and tubers. Included is a timeline for activities such as soil testing, planting, pruning, fertilizing, pruning, mulching, indoor plantings—from cauliflower to okra, from camellias to dahlias to heirloom roses.
Fruits and Nuts
- Plant young pecan and other deciduous fruit trees and grapes.
- Select budwood.
- Start dormant pruning of established fruits.
- Protect all young trees from rabbit damage by placing wire around the base of the tree.
- Put on dormant oil spays for scale.
- Planting is still the main activity but delay in case of freezing weather.
- Get your soil tested and be prepared for spring gardening.
- Perform a soil test to determine if limestone is recommended and apply it any time this month.
- Dig out wild garlic, chickweed, Poa annua, dandelion, and other winter weeds.
- Add plants to rose garden.
- Mulch all plantings.
Annuals and Perennials
- Plant hardy annual seed without delay. Have you thought about violas?
- Continue spring bulb planting.
- Shrubs, trees, and indoor plants make excellent gifts.
Call the Master Gardener Helpline at (877) 252-4769. A Master Gardener Extension volunteer is waiting to answer your call.