Toby's February 2019 Home, Lawn & Garden Tips:

for the best Home, Lawn & Garden

Toby has spent his entire adult life learning the best way to have the very best home, lawn, garden, and so much more.
Each month he puts together a new list of tips to help you with a plan that will ensure you keep everything up-to-date and going great.

Check back here every month for the very best tips, advice on how to do it right, and what to do!

 

Lawns

  • Beat the rush! Have your mower tuned up and blade sharpened ASAP!
  • Do the following from mid-February thorough early March.
    Cool season grasses (bluegrass, fescue, and rye grass).
    Mow short (1 ½ - 2”). Do not scalp. Mowing short
    will help grass green up quicker and have a nicer appearance
    when you mow in the spring and summer.
    Warm season grasses (zoysia, bermuda, and buffalo grass)
    can not be mowed short until April 15 to early May.
  • Check for broadleaf weeds such as chickweed, henbit, and dandelions. If you find any, spray with Gordon Speed Zone and Spreader Sticker. This weed control works great in
    cold weather. Use Speed Zone only on lawns that are 1 yr. old or older. On lawns that were seeded last fall or are less than 1 yr old use Gordons Trimec Plus Spreader Sticker.

 

Trees & Shrubs

  • If the soil is dry and not frozen, water all plants that were planted last
    year.
  • Great time to prune trees. Make sure the temperature is above 25
    degrees so young bark will not be injured. Do not treat pruned areas
    with black tree paint. Forestry tests show that tree pruning wounds
    heal over quicker if not treated with black tree paint. However, there
    is a new product that you should paint over pruned areas. Developed
    in Germany, it is called CUT GUARD. CUT GUARD is a biological
    plant wound dressing.
    ✓ Contains no “black asphalt petroleum”
    ✓ Environmentally friendly formulation
    ✓ Contains concentrated natural signaling substances for plant
    recovery and growth
    ✓ Protects wound from insect, fungi, and decay
    ✓ Stimulates callus wound tissue formation for sealing and
    compartmentalization
    ✓ Remains flexible on the wound for 12-18 months
  • Don’t prune spring flowering trees and shrubs until after they are
    finished blooming.
  • Tender shrubs like crape myrtle, beauty berry, bluemist spirea, and
    butterfly bush should not be pruned back until new growth starts in
    the spring.
  • Don’t cut back ornamental grasses until early April

 

Vegetables & Fruits

  • When pruning fruit trees, make sure the temperature is
    above 25 degrees so young bark will not be injured. Also be sure to
    prune before dormant sprays are done.
  • Prune grapes, raspberries and blackberries late in the month.
  • To control peach leaf curl, spray with Daconil before the buds
    begin to swell. The temperature should be above 40 degrees for at
    least 6 hours.
  • If you plan to plant fruit trees this spring, check out starkbros.com.
  • Order seeds now for spring planting.
  • February 1 – 15 start onion seeds indoors.
  • February 15 – 28 start seeds of broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower,
    brussels sprouts indoors for planting into the garden this spring.
  • February 15 – 28, if garden soils aren’t too wet, plant peas, lettuce,
    spinach, and radishes. Most years you’ll get a great early harvest.

 

Annuals, Perennial Flowers & Ornamental Grasses

  • Check fall planted perennials. If any perennials are heaving out of
    the ground, cover with topsoil. Check the mulch level. Some may
    have washed away due to rains and snows. Re-mulch as needed.
    Water during dry periods.
  • Time to start slow growing annuals, such as pansies, ageratum,
    salvia, begonias, impatiens, petunias, geraniums, indoors for planting
    outdoors in the spring.
  • Start tuberous begonias indoors the last week of February
  • Start geranium cuttings now.

 

Miscellaneous

  • Watch for clover mites. These are tiny almost microscopic insects on
    the south or west sides of the house trying to move indoors. They
    are reddish in color. If they are black in color, they are winter
    grainmites. Both are controlled with Spectracide Triazicide. Spray the
    foundation 3-4’ up the sides of the house and 4-6’ into the lawn.

 

House & Home Tips

  • Clean or replace furnace filters.
  • Check air pressure monthly in car tires for better gas mileage.
  • Clean, sharpen and oil the garden tools to get ready for spring.
  • After a snowstorm check your home’s roof. Spots where the snow
    has melted indicate heat loss.
  • Once a year it is a good idea to trip and reset all circuit breaker
    switches. Any corrosion can cause it not to trip in an emergency.
  • Coffee has an off taste? Time to clean the coffeemaker.
    Mix 2 Tbs. white vinegar with 12 cups cold water (to fill the pot).
    Pour the mixture in the coffeemaker. Run through a complete cycle.
    Repeat vinegar water mix if hasn’t been cleaned in several months.
    Turn off and let coffeemaker cool. Run water only through
    coffeemaker to clean out vinegar mix. Repeat if necessary. Wash
    the pot and filter with warm soapy water and rinse. Clean
    coffeemaker once a month. That will help remove mineral and oil
    buildup plus kill bacteria and eliminate odors.
  • Check clothes dryer vents and hoses for lint buildup that could cause a fire. Clean it if necessary.