LYNN RAWE, COUNTY EXTENSION AGENT – HORTICULTURE
TEXAS COOPERATIVE EXTENSION
FEBRUARY 19, 2005
- February is the month to begin spring gardens with crops such as asparagus, beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower (transplants only), Swiss chard, collards, kohlrabi, lettuce (leafy), mustard, onion plants, Irish potatoes, radish, spinach and turnip.
- February is the ideal time to fertilize healthy trees. A simple calculation is based on trunk diameter – use one pound of a high nitrogen fertilizer (slow-release type such as 19-5-9) per inch diameter of tree trunk. Spread the fertilizer evenly throughout under the drip zone of tree.
- Wait for a time period which will ensure temperatures above freezing for at least 48 hours to apply a dormant oil spray to euonymus, hollies, oaks, pines, pecans, and fruit trees which are prone to scale. To prevent damage, cover any actively growing flowering annuals or over-seeded lawn areas to avoid contact with the dormant oil spray.
- Apply pre-emergent herbicide such as Team, Betasan, Balan, Amaze Grass & Weed Preventor, PreM, Surflan, A.S., Weed & Grass Preventor or Weed Stoppere to prevent crabgrass and grassburs.