Projects for February

Do you know why February is the shortest month?  We believe it's because its the coldest, meanest, and ugliest month and 28 days is enough!  February has some redeeming qualities.  We guarantee that before the end of the month you will see daffodils in bloom and the pansy plants that have been valiantly hanging on all winter will now perk up and look great.  Feed pansy plants with Green Light Pansy Food.

Lawn Care
Fescue lawns are beginning to green up and need to be fed with 16-4-8 (8-10 pounds per 1,000 square feet).  Spot spray broadleaf weeds with a 2-4-D weed spray.  While you are out there, redesign your mowing areas to eliminate sharp angles and small strips that are hard to mow.  Mulch plant ground cover, or make flower beds in these spots.  Set your lawn mower blade high to mow over lirope and other ornamental grass to eliminate ugly leaves.

Seed or overseed fescue lawns beginning in late Feb.  Measure your lawn for square footage.  An easy way to do this is to count your steps the length of your lawn and then the width.  Since each step roughly equals 3 feet, multiply each distance by three then multiply again.  For example 20 steps wide and 30 steps long is 60 x 90 = 5400 square feet.  Bring your measurement to Northside and we'll help you determine what you need to have the best lawn in your neighborhood.

Watch for early signs of spring by checking new growth on perennials.  You can divide hostas and day lilies now.  Look through catalogs for new plants to try then come to Northside with your list.  We have a huge selection of perennials for sun, shade and in between (semi- shade).  Lenten roses (Hellebores orientalis) are beautiful now. Although pricey, few plants can supply the year around interest of this evergreen ground cover. 

Vegetable Garden
With the economy the way it is, growing vegetables is a fun, easy and a cheap way to stretch that food dollar.  If you don't have a garden spot - start one now!   Raised beds could be nice, good looking additions to your yard.   Most vegetables need sun, food, and water so pick a spot that gets lots of sun, the food and water can be brought to the garden.  You can plant English peas, onions, garlic, asparagus, broccoli, cabbage, radish, greens, lettuce, and potatoes now weather permitting.

Clean out bird houses so they will be ready to welcome birds home for the season. Hang houses for wrens, etc.  While birds are beautiful and fun to watch, think of all the bugs they eat.  Keep those feeders full and fresh water so the birds are welcome to your yard.

New stock
February is a busy time at Northside as we are getting ready for the madness of March. We are potting up thousands and thousands of baby perennials and annuals.  Our ultimate collection of Jackson and Perkins roses and Weeks roses are already leafing out and getting ready to bloom. Speaking of roses have you tried the Bayer All In One, it's great!  Food, fungicide, and insecticide all in one bottle and it lasts for 6 weeks. Come scratch your spring itch by wandering through the greenhouses.  We'll tell you when and what you can plant.