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!
✔ Through this month only, E.B. Stone Organics Azalea, Camellia & Gardenia Planting Mix is BUY 3 GET 1 FREE! This mix is made for your acid lovers including rhododendrons and works as both a potting medium and an amendment.
✔ 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, calla lilies, freesias, gladiolus and more have arrived! Stop in and make your selection to plant in March. Be sure to grab a bag of E.B. Stone Organics Bulb Food 4-6-4 from the Garden Shop too!
✔ Peonies are arriving around the second week of February! Although they won’t look like much now, they will soon be leafing out and adorned with those magnificent blooms come May!
Before you plant, check out our favorite Gonzo Gopher Baskets. Easy to use, you won’t regret these when you spot those pesky gophers in your yard - in one foul swoop they can tear apart your most beloved plants, but not with Gonzo! Available in 4”, 1, 5 and 15-gallon keep your plants safe and healthy! Find them near the cashiers in the Garden Shop!
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!
Our selection of lilacs have just arrived and although they are just bare sticks now, soon they'll be covered in these heavenly blooms! Come shop our many varieties including 'Declaration' pictured above. As your lilacs begin to bud and the rains start coming down, we recommend them every 3-7 days with Monterey's Complete Disease Control to protect developing blooms from blight! Find this organic control in our Garden Shop. Read more about Lilacs plus see pictures of what our varieties will look like in spring on our Lilacs 101 blog post!
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!
Bareroot Asparagus is in! Find it in our 1-gallon sun beds but first, read Growing Asparagus for tips on planting and harvesting!
Potatoes! Shop our abundant potato varieties and plant for home-grown goodness. Check out our Planting Guide for how to “hill” them in.
Plant Garlic! Find our selection in the garden shop with the potatoes.
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.
Shop our selection of bareroot berries including raspberries, blackberries, elderberries, currants and gooseberries!
Don’t forget to feed your lawn this month! This not only maintains its attractive green color all winter but also minimizes rust disease and other problems resulting from malnutrition. We recommend Master Nursery's Fall & Winter Feed 20-6-7, formulated with nitrogen to work even faster during the colder months of the year (even though right now it feels a like spring!)
Stop weeds before they come up in your garden! We recommend Preen Weed Preventer, find it in the Garden Shop!
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.
Looking for the right tools to prune? Find our favorite tools in the Garden Shop! Or if you have questions on what to prune and how to do it, stop in and speak with one of our nursery staff members today!
TREAT & PROTECT
Apply Green All F.S.T. to your acid lovers, citrus, maples, blueberries and jasmine. Formulated with 33% iron, and also containing sulfur, manganese and zinc, it helps green yellowing leaves, improve overall growth, fruiting and flowering.
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 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 Frost Cloth. If plants are damaged by frost do not prune off dead portions until after all danger of frost is over.
After the rains we had (and the rains a’coming), 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.
Stop into the Lazy K and find the perfect gift for you, and your boo! Keep up to date on their new arrivals by following them on Instagram! Here’s a few of our favorite V-Day gifts…