Lower South

February, 2011
Regional Report

Prune Roses

New growth will soon be emerging on roses. Prune them back now for better growth and blooms in the months to come. Hybrid teas are cut back the most, leaving only about one-third of the plant. Shrub roses are pruned back by only one third. Wait to prune roses that bloom only in spring until after they bloom. Consult an online pruning guide for more specific instructions for each group of roses.

Plant Fruit Trees, Vines, and Bushes

Bare root fruit planting season is coming to an end now. Don't delay if you intend to use bare root plants. Container grown fruit plants can be planted at any time, but late winter to early spring is a good time to get them started before the heat of summer arrives.

Last Call for Cool Season Planting

With spring just around the corner, this is the last call for planning cool season crops including broccoli, kohlrabi, kale, lettuce, spinach, cool season peas, and mesclun greens.

Divide and Reset Fall Bulbs

Bulbs that bloom in late summer to fall can be divided and reset as needed now. They will be ready to put on their blooming show when the time arrives. Share some of your extras with gardening friends!

Complete Fruit and Ornamental Tree Pruning

With spring growth about to begin, it is time to finish up any pruning left to be done on your landscape trees and shrubs as well as your fruit trees, vines, and bushes. Use sharp pruners to make clean cuts, and follow guidelines for each species to ensure you are building the proper plant shape and structure.

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