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4010 Mt Diablo Blvd.
Lafayette, CA, 94549

February In Your Garden

 

 

FEBRUARY IN YOUR GARDEN

Each month we keep you up-to-date on what you should be seeding, weeding and feeding in your garden. And we’ve made it easier for you! Find all of our recommend products for this month together, in one area in our shop. Psst...It’s located in the shelving unit next to the backdoor on your way out to the pond. If you have trouble finding it, please ask one of our cashiers to locate it for you!

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✔ It’s time to feed your roses! Check out Bonnie’s Guide for Growing and Caring for Roses for our feeding recommendations. 

✔ Our collection of summer-blooming bulbs such as dahlias, begonias, gladiolus and more have arrived! Stop in and make your selection to plant in March.

✔ We have a wide array of peonies at the nursery. Although they don’t look like much now, they will soon be leafing out and blooming come May!

 

PLANT NOW

  • For all your new plantings, we always recommend applying either Master Nursery’s Master Start 5-20-10 or E. B. Stone Organics Sure Start 4-6-2 to ensure healthy growth.
  • Plant roses and fruit trees. Our best selection is in February so hurry in! Be sure to check out our Bareroot 101 for planting tips and tricks!
  • Look to our Bedding Department for cool-season colors! Plant annual flowers such calendulas, Iceland poppies, pansies, violas, cyclamen and primulas to name a few. They will give color all spring long!
  • Potatoes! Shop our abundant potato varieties and plant for home-grown goodness. Check out our Planting Guide for tips. 

FRUITS & VEGGIES

  • Eager for tomatoes, eggplant and peppers? Start seeds indoors in bright light and on a heat mat or in a greenhouse to speed germination. When seedlings are ready to go outside (in six to eight weeks), plant them and drape with floating row covers to speed growth.
  • Plant cool-season greens including lettuce, spinach, and swiss chard.
  • Plant delectable strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, currants, olives, kiwis, figs and pomegranates.

PRUNE

  • If you haven’t already, it’s time to prune your roses. Once pruning is complete, be sure to feed them!
  • Prune your woody shrubs such as butterfly bush, fuchsia, Mexican sage and artemisia to stimulate new sturdy growth.
  • Give your deciduous fruit trees a prune! We prune in the winter to stimulate new growth whereas summer pruning helps to keep trees small.
  • Prune your evergreen shrubs and hedges such as boxwood so new spring growth fills them out quickly.

TREAT & PROTECT

  • If you did not spray in January, spray deciduous fruit trees and roses with Master Nursery Pest Fighter Oil to protect from insects and Monterey Liqui-Cop to protect from fungus diseases such as black spot, rust and powdery mildew.
  • Spray Bonide's Organic Copper Fungicide on peaches and nectarines to prevent peach leaf curl. Then from bud break to petal drop (about a month long), spray Copper Fungicide once a week, for a total of four sprays.
  • Watch for late frosts and protect tender plants with N-Sulate Frost Protection Blanket. If plants are damaged by frost do not prune off dead portions until after all danger of frost is over.
  • After all the rains we had, slugs and snails will be out en masse. We recommend using Monterey’s Sluggo or Sluggo Plus to protect young tender growth of flowers and vegetables.

 

Have a question specific to your garden? Come visit us at the nursery and speak with one of our certified nursery professionals!