February is often wet and humid, which equals plenty of growth. But the last month of summer is a time when weeds, fungus and pests are also on the rise. To keep your garden performing at its peak, here is what to plant, feed and prune.

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Flowers in February

Plant/sow

Fertilise

  • Give fruit trees a complete plant food to ensure fruit in spring. Citrus trees growing in the ground expect two good meals a year and February is one of those two important mealtimes (August is the other). We love Gyganic for Fruit and Citrus!
  • After pruning, feed roses, hydrangeas and hibiscus complete fertiliser or rotted manure.
  • Fertilise veggies and annuals fortnightly with a liquid feed such as Harvest to maintain growth.

Prune

  • Prune your lavender after flowering. This will prevent legginess and prolong the life of the plant.
  • After flowering, trim hydrangeas to the first two plump buds.
  • Give your New South Wales and New Zealand Christmas bushes a haircut this month.
  • Prune long, unwanted summer canes on creepers such as wisteria and jasmine to keep them under control.
  • Deadhead roses and summer annuals and give them a feed of liquid fertiliser to extend flowering. Sudden Impact for Roses is our pick.

February in the garden

Pests & diseases

General garden care

  • Collect and destroy any fallen fruit beneath fruit trees. Fallen fruit encourages the build-up of troublesome pests and diseases.
  • Prepare veggie gardens for planting by adding compost and fertiliser.
  • February is a hot and humid month, so check all the soil in your garden and pots is covered by mulch to conserve water and control weeds.
  • Give aquatic plants some love by removing dead leaves to keep your water features looking tip-top.

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