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February garden to do list
Master gardeners
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Trees and shrubs are best planted now. Always dig a hole 2-3 times wider than the root ball, but no deeper. Water in well and mulch.
Annuals and perennials may be put in the ground as they become available. Begin seeds of tender annuals indoors.
Roses should be planted this month in a well-drained, sunny location. Prepare the ground thoroughly with organic material, fertilizer and lime.
Lettuce, garden peas, radishes, carrots, spinach, mustard and potatoes may still be sown outside.
Cabbage, cauliflower, onions and broccoli may be put out early in the month.
Start tomatoes, peppers and eggplant inside.
Divide and replant perennials, ferns and ground covers.
Heavy prune for size and shape all but spring flowering shrubs and trees.
Prune fruit trees and vines this month.
Roses, except for climbers, should be pruned. Cut canes on a slant to shed water.
Cut or mow ornamental grasses and liriope to about 3 inches before new growth appears.
Fertilize shade trees and flowering trees. Scatter a balanced fertilizer beneath and slightly beyond the spread of branches.

The Brown Bag Lunch lecture series was launched last month at Stafford Park in Hinesville, and was very well attended. This series, sponsored by the Bryan and Liberty County Master Gardener Associations, will provide timely information each month and is open to the public.
The next session, co-sponsored by the Richmond Hill Garden Club, is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 20 from 12:10 to 12:50 p.m., and will be at the Stevens Wetlands Center at Gregory Park in Richmond Hill. Bring a sack lunch, or just come and learn.
February's topic: "Lawn/Turf Management."
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