By Rebecca Jepsen
for the Mercury News
February 5, 2010
Here's the February to-do list for gardeners and homeowners:
- Prune hydrangeas by cutting off old, brittle canes. Leave young canes with flower buds attached for this year's growth.
- Prune fuchsias toward the end of the month. Remove any frost damage as well as some of last summer's growth.
Apply dormant spray to deciduous trees and shrubs if aphids, scale or whiteflies have been an issue.
Apply tri-basic copper sulfate or lime sulfur to your peach trees if peach leaf curl has been a problem. For the Master Gardeners' Fruit Tree and Vine Care Calendar, go to www.master gardeners.org/picks/tree calendar.pdf.
- Clean up fallen leaves and add them to your compost pile if they are not diseased.
- Lawns are relatively dormant now, so don't fertilize again until St. Patrick's Day. It's also best not to mow now; to prevent damage, you want to cut off only one-third of the height of your grass at any one time.
What to plant now
Bare root: asparagus, roses, berries, artichokes, onions, fruit trees such as apple, apricot, cherry, fig, nectarine and pear.
Transplants: arugula, beets, broccoli, cauliflower, chard, Asian greens, mustard greens, lettuce, peas, and spinach.
Seeds: the transplant veggies above, plus carrots, fava beans and potatoes.