Garden chores of the month: February

February continues the bitter winter cold temperatures and landscape work is not on many people’s radar screen.  And, aside from spraying dormant oil and continuing to winter water, there isn’t much to be done outdoors.

  • Spray with dormant oil (fruit trees and roses).
  • Conduct winter watering:

A Colorado Springs winter is typically characterized by very dry weather conditions.  Thus, it’s necessary to water your landscape after sprinkler systems are shut down for the season in order to ensure the survival of plants.  Most well-established plants should be able to survive without supplemental water, although a little water wouldn’t hurt them.  It’s the recently planted ones that are most worrisome.

A thorough watering should be done at least every three weeks if there hasn’t been any significant precipitation.  Be sure to water after the day time temperature reaches at least 40 degrees to allow water to absorb into the soil.  Remember to disconnect and drain water out of hoses after use.

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