pruning_toolsFebruary is mostly a continuation of January; winter watering, pruning, the last of seed ordering and the beginning of seed starting.

One important task though is spraying with dormant oil to prevent aphid infestation the coming growing season.  It is important to spray the winter host (primary host) to prevent summer infestation of the secondary host.  Read my post on dormant oil spraying. We often have warm days that allow you to remove the dead stalks and leaves from annuals if you didn’t get to them in the fall.

What about pruning?  Read my post on pruning trees. February is the best time to prune out fire blight. Read my post on fire blight.