Gardening Activities for week – February 4, 2016

Here are the most time-sensitive activities for this week.

  • Plant onion sets and Sugar Snap peas immediately in all but the Panhandle.
  • Plant bare-rooted fruit and pecan trees, blackberries and grapes.
  • Transplant established trees, shrubs that need to be moved. Do so before new buds begin to appear.
  • Prune peach and plum trees to encourage bowl-shaped growth habit.
  • Prune grapes to remove 80 to 85 percent of cane growth.
  • Prune crape myrtles to remove unwanted basal shoots. Never “top” a crape myrtle for any purported reason. There is never justification.
  • Feed asparagus beds with ammonium sulfate (21-0-0) to promote strong spear growth.
  • Fertilize rye and fescue turf with high-nitrogen lawn food.
  • Apply broadleafed weedkiller as weather permits to control henbit, clover and other non-grassy weeds.
Posted by Neil Sperry
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