Oklahoma gardeners will want to take advantage of this month being an excellent month to plant bare rooted trees, shrubs, ground covers, vines, plants that are permanent.
Begin vegetable garden with cool season plants like onions, radishes and potatoes (see article on the Best onions and potatoes for Oklahoma gardeners).
Finish up transplanting
If you have never done a soil test on your yard/beds now would be a great time to do so as we approach the growing season. (see article “SOIL TESTING”).
Continue with pre-emergent weed control. Corn gluten meal can be applied at 20lbs./ 10000 sq.ft.
If you use chemicals this will be the 1st application of a broad leaf pre-emergent February 20th. Prior to the 10th use post-emergent .
Shade and ornamental trees can be pruned lightly to remove limbs that have been damaged by the winter winds/freezes. Also remove limbs that are crossing and those the would allow more light into the plant. Following proper pruning techniques.
Evergreens with scale type leaves should have the longest canes pruned to reduce height and maintain the plants natural appearance.
Roses that bloom only once should be pruned, ie. bush and climbers.
Finish up pruning all summer flowering shrubs and hedges.
Winter annuals and any dry soil areas…particularly in drought and windy conditions.
Do not Forget to feed and water the birds
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