February in the Garden
The days get longer, the night minimums rise, the sunny days are warm: spring is approaching. Some plants are already preparing for the luxuriance of the summer; It is good to hurry, to prepare our garden for the warmer seasons. Before getting ready to work in the garden or in the vegetable garden, let's remember to check the weather forecasts, if we predict very cold periods we avoid planning activities in the garden, to avoid damaging the plants treated by us, it is advisable to wait until the night minimum temperatures are certainly above zero.
In the garden
The garden is still gray, and often at night the frosts whiten the turf; already some plants, however, announce the spring: snowdrops, calicanthus and crocus are preparing the buds, and in the areas with milder climate they are already in bloom. The not too harsh climate invites us to go out and on sunny days we can spend a few hours in our garden, for February in the garden - Specialize in helping our plants come out of the winter greyness. If the climate is favorable, we can begin to remove the dried leaves, weed the weeds, and move the soil at the base of the shrubs. If we haven't done it yet we can also add organic fertilizer to the soil, or enrich it with specific fertilizers for each plant and shrub. Even the turf should be fertilized before spring, using a slow release fertilizer, rich in microelements; if our turf is infested with moss we use a special anti-moss fertilizer, enriched with iron.
February in the garden: Pruning
When nighttime minimum temperatures are already above zero we can prepare to prune the shrubs in the garden; let's start by removing from all the plants the dry branches, very thin or ruined by frosts. We give shape to evergreen hedges and rose bushes, to which we will leave only 2-3 well-developed and vigorous branches, shortening them until leaving only a few buds for each branch. Fruit trees (Excluding the Japanese medlar, which is pruned in the autumn or after harvesting the fruit, in late spring) should be pruned trying to air the hair, raising the crossed branches and those that have an excessively vertical development. As far as flowering shrubs are concerned, we only use those that bloom in late spring or in summer, such as trachelospermum, buddleja or caryopteris; for other flowering shrubs, that is camellias, azaleas, viburnums, we await flowering, we will intervene later. Wisteria is also pruned in February.