February in the Contra Costa Garden
February Garden To Dos
General Garden Care
- Remove moss from pathways: Use hydrated lime. Note that lime will raise the soil pH if it runs off pathways.
- Remove winter weeds and the early summer weeds that are just germinating.
- Clean clay pots—wash in soapy water with a wire brush; dry thoroughly, rub with linseed oil. May take two coats.
- Set out one or two ground wasp (yellowjacket) bait stations to attract queens and early scouts. This will radically reduce the number of nests in your area.
Fruits & Vegetables
- Spray for Peach Leaf Curl before bud break (when buds start to show a little color).
- Harvest citrus.
- Do not prune back freeze damaged citrus wood until late spring.
- Add compost, if the weather is dry enough, to your summer vegetable beds to prepare them for planting in a month or so.
- Start tomato, eggplant, onion , parsley and pepper seeds indoors this month, using bottom heat for best germination.
Flowers & Landscaping
- Finish pruning roses by the middle of the month. Spray with dormant oil to control pests.
- Finish dormant season pruning you started last month.
- Prune fuchsias at the end of the month.
- Apply dormant oil on deciduous trees to control aphids, mites, scale and some caterpillars.
- Pick up all spent Camellia blossoms to reduce the incidence of Botrytis blight and petal blight.
- Plant Gladiolus bulbs.
USDA zones range from 8-9B
Sunset zones range from 7-17
Average max. temp. 63°F, 17.22C
Average min. temp. 41.5°F, 5.3°C
Average rainfall 3.14”, 7.96 cm.
Feb 1 is the ‘cross quarter day’— halfway between winter solstice and spring equinox.