Here are some or­na­men­tal and turf tips for Fe­bru­ary

The Standard Journal - - LOCAL - By Ricky Ens­ley [email protected]

Want to make sure your plants are sur­viv­ing win­ter like they should out in the yard? Here are some or­na­men­tal and turf tips for Fe­bru­ary to help out avid gar­den­ers.

Va­ri­ety in form and tex­ture is im­por­tant when de­sign­ing a plant­ing. How­ever, too many dif­fer­ent types of mix­tures of plant ma­te­ri­als should be avoided be­cause it can cre­ate a con­fused or clut­tered ap­pear­ance as well as in­creased main­te­nance.

Don’t for­get wildlife when cre­at­ing a land­scape plan. They need both liv­ing and dead trees for sur­vival.

Place stakes in in­tended plant­ing spots and view from sev­eral angles to help you pic­ture how new plants will look. Once you have the plants ready to plant, al­ways plant them, still in the pots, where you in­tend to plant and step back and view the whole area one last time be­fore com­mit­ting the plant to the ground.

Check in­door plants for in­sects like spi­der mites, scale, and mealy bug. Re­mem­ber to spray the un­der­sides of the leaves to get good con­trol.

Tip-burn or edge burn on leaves of house­plants in­di­cates that more wa­ter is be­ing lost than ab­sorbed. Check soil for dry­ness.

This is a great time to plant bare root roses. Se­lect a qual­ity plant with at least 3 to 5 strong canes.

Prune hy­brid tea roses now, re­mov­ing old canes and low­er­ing plant down to a height of 12 – 15 inches.

Hardy vi­o­lets may be forced to bloom in­doors. Dig a small clump from the gar­den or flower bor­der and plant in fer­tile, pot­ting soil in a 4 – 5 inch pot. Place in a cool, sunny win­dow to pro­mote growth and flow­er­ing.

Start slow-de­vel­op­ing flow­ers in­side such as coleus, dusty miller, gera­nium, im­pa­tiens, and marigold.

Need some more help? Con­tact the Polk County Ex­ten­sion Of­fice by phone at 770-749-2142 or e-mail [email protected]

Ricky Ens­ley

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