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.
- Trees & Shrubs:
Buddleia, crepe myrtle, cuphea, fuchsia, gardenia, grevillea hybrids, hibiscus, plumbago, roses, oleander
- Annuals & Perennials:
Aster, begonia, celosia, cosmos, geranium, impatiens, petunia, marigold, phlox, portulaca, salvia, alyssum, verbena, zinnia
Amaryllis, canna, dahlia, dietes, daylily
Bougainvillea, mandevilla, morning glory
- Fill your garden with alyssum, cineraria, marigold, polyanthus and snapdragon.
- In temperate and cool zones, plant cyclamen.
- Now’s the time to grow edibles like beans, beetroot, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, kale onions, parsley, parsnip, peas, radish, silverbeet and spinach.
- 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 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.
Pests & diseases
- Fungal diseases such as leaf spot or mildew on veggies and ornamentals should be sprayed with Mancozeb.
- Keep sucking and chewing insects away from edibles with Nature's Way Dipel, pyrethrum or Success Ultra. For roses and ornamentals, you can use Success Ultra.
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.