North Florida Gardener’s Guide: January and February

winter lawncare in Gainesville FLIf you live in Northern Florida, the weather doesn’t always cooperate with your gardening plans. You may think there’s not much you need to do for your lawn and garden during the winter months, but here in Gainesville, you’d be wrong!

Read on for some North Florida winter landscaping tips from the University of Florida’s Florida Gardening Calendar.

The Lawn

The first step to maintaining your lawn is to find a balance for watering it. If you water too often, you encourage the growth of fungus.

New Plants

It is also important that you know when to plant certain things so that they grow to their full potential.

In January, pansies, petunias, and snapdragons are good choices to plant. Bulbs, like agapanthus or gloriosa lily, grow well with a layer of mulch protecting them from the chill. Certain vegetables also grow, especially turnips, lettuce, broccoli, and cabbage.

If you intend to plant flowers in February, you can count on violas, pansies, and dianthus. Dahlias, red maple, star magnolia, and agapanthus grow well in February too.

Many people plant trees on Arbor Day. In North Florida, choose tree species that are not susceptible to hurricanes. Live oaks, cypresses, and crapemyrtle are good choices.

Trees & Shrubs

If you want deciduous fruit trees, now is the time to plant. The roots will be growing out when the dry weather hits. If you already have fruit trees, focus on fertilizing them. Prune anything that does not flower in the spring.

Certain plants are at especially high risk for pests near this time. You can control the scale of certain plants by applying horticultural oil. This is especially important for fruit trees and shrubs.

Lawn maintenance can be difficult and time-consuming, especially if you only have a few pet projects you enjoy. Take care of your garden and consider leaving the rest to the pros to make the best use of your time.

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