Don’t wait for the groundhog to tell you spring is on the way, it’s time to get out into the garden! Many of the tasks this month will give you a running start when temperatures warm and the plants begin to emerge.
- If you love blueberry muffins, plant blueberry bushes now.
- Keep those Valentine cut flower arrangements fresh longer with a simple solution of 50-50 lemon lime soda and water and a dash of bleach. Also, before you put your flowers in your vase remove all of the lower leaves.
- Get out your pruners! Cut back hybrid tea and repeat blooming roses before the buds break. Wait to prune one time blooming roses until after they have bloomed. Crape myrtles and butterfly bush should also be pruned in late winter/early spring.
- Prune early spring flowering shrubs such as forsythia, quince, winter honeysuckle and winter jasmine immediately after the flowers fade.
- Sweeten acidic soil with wood ashes for plants that prefer a soil pH of 7 or above.
- If you haven’t done so already, remove dead fronds from your asparagus plants.
- Get a jump start on spring. Check your seed packets to find out how long it takes the different varieties to sprout. Mark the last frost date for your area on the calendar and count back the number of weeks needed for sprouting. This is the date you should sow your seeds indoors.
- While a gentle rinse helps clean the dust off of most houseplants, not so for African violets and other plants with soft fuzzy leaves. To spruce up these plants, use a soft brush, such as a paintbrush or baby’s hairbrush to gently stroke dirt off the tops and bottoms of the leaves.