Michael Allen Jones / Sacramento Bee

Clean up old blossoms from azaleas to prevent petal blight.

Garden checklist: Get winter garden chores done now

Published: Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014 - 12:00 am

Happy February and another month of weird winter weather! Late winter is traditionally a time of transition. Work on finishing some chores such as pruning while preparing for spring. Make the most of sunny days.

•  Remove old flowers from camellias and azaleas to avoid petal blight.

• Finish pruning roses. Try to get them done by the end of February. Once spring weather starts to warm the soil, new growth will sprout fast.

• If needed, apply a final dormant spray to deciduous fruit trees before the flower buds swell. This is particularly important with peach and nectarine trees that need copper spray to fight leaf curl.

• Remove aphids from blooming bulbs with a strong blast of water or insecticidal soap.

• Divide daylilies, Shasta daisies and other perennials.

• Transplant or direct-seed snapdragon, candytuft, lily of the valley, larkspur, Shasta and painted daisy, and stocks.

• In the vegetable garden, plant Jerusalem artichokes, strawberries and rhubarb. Transplant seedlings of lettuce, cabbage, broccoli and kale. Direct-seed radishes, beets, peas and chard.

• Start peppers, tomatoes and eggplant from seed indoors.

– Debbie Arrington



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