Green foliage

Witch hazel in bloom compliments yellow twig dogwood

Harbingers of spring, daffodils and crocus

Appropriately named snowdrops

Time to get growing with seeds

Flowers for your valentine, cyclamen and kalanchoe

Orchids in peak bloom

  • General gardening tips
  • Lawns
  • Indoor seed starting
  • House Plants

The first hints of spring are beginning to appear. Heathers, witchazels, winterhazels and paperbush bloom this month. Visit the garden center to see them in bloom and consider if there is room in your landscape for these interesting winter bloomers.

February is an ideal time to prune fruit trees. Remove suckers, crossing and rubbing branches to open up the canopy. This improves air circulation, allows more sun to penetrate into the tree, reduces disease pressure, and increases fruit production.

Late February and early March is also the time to spray fruit trees, roses and other trees and shrubs with a dormant oil spray. This is recommended if your plants had a problem the previous year such as hemlock woolly adelgid, pine bark adelgid, euonymous scale, spruce mites or other pests. Dormant oil spray should be applied only when the temperature is above freezing.

If you have containers that are not being used throughout the winter, be sure to turn them over to keep them from collecting water that could freeze and crack the container.

Plant and transplant perennials.

Spring is right around the corner. Now is the time to make an appointment with one of our landscape designers to plan your spring landscape.

Bring your lawn back to a lush, green state by seeding. The late winter/early spring rains will help work the seed into the soil and provide the necessary moisture to help germination. The seed will lie on the ground until the soil temperature is warm enough for it to germinate. When the seed does begin to germinate, apply Merrifield Select Seed Starter Lawn Food.

Avoid walking on your lawn on those frosty, frozen mornings. The crunchy sound and feeling under your feet is caused by the breaking and crushing of brittle grass blades. This damage may persist until mid-spring when the grass resumes growth.

You can start your flower seeds indoors now for ageratum, asters, calendula, companula, candytuft, carnations, centurea, chrysanthemums, coleus, coreopsis, dahlia, gerbena, geraniums, impatiens, pansies, petunia, salvia, and snapdragon.

In mid to late February, you can start your vegetable seeds indoors for broccoli, Brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, leeks, onions and spinach.

It’s time to start feeding houseplants again in later February with a good quality indoor plant food, such as Jack’s Classic (water-soluble powder) or Osmocote (slow-release granular).

Check the pots of your houseplants and look for roots that are protruding from the drainage holes or up over the top. If this is happening, the plant needs to be repotted to a larger pot. When repotting plants, we recommend using Merrifield Potting Mix.

Celebrate your special someone this Valentine’s Day with in-bloom gifts from the greenhouse, such as primrose, gardenias, daffodils, tulips, amaryllis, cyclamen, winter daphne and more.

Check the leaves of your houseplants for insect problems like scale, mites and mealy bugs. If you detect a problem, bring in a representative sample and one of our plant specialists will diagnose the problem and recommend the appropriate control. We have several ready-to-use spray products or systemic granules, which are ideal for indoor use.