February Tips for nw gardeners



It's bare root season! This is a great time to plant bare-root fruit trees, berries, and ornamental trees and shrubs. Plus, we have our best selection of fruit trees and berries in February.

Primroses, cyclamen, potted spring-blooming bulbs are here! Add some color to your garden beds and containers.

Cut back old fern fronds and hellebore leaves to make way for new spring growth.

You can help protect apple and pear trees this month with an application of horticultural oil/dormant spray. 




Time to start planning the 2017 veggie garden! Need a little help? Check out these blog posts:

Certain very hardy vegetables and herbs can be sown or planted outdoors now. Chervil, radishes, fennel, and arugula.

Search our blog category Edible Gardening for helpful posts about all things edible.


Don't think you have a green thumb? Try these 5 Easy Houseplants or these 9 Low-Risk High-Reward Indoor Plants.

Indoor Citrus is a great way to bring fragrance into your home. Try unique varieties like Kumquat, Lime, and Calamondin.

See more articles on choosing and caring for indoor plants on the Indoor Gardener section of our blog.





Sharpen mower blades and tune up equipment.

Try to limit traffic on frozen grass and wet, saturated soils.

Clean debris, such as pine needles, from the lawn. They can make the area overly acidic.

As long as your lawn is not soggy, you can apply lime now to balance the pH of your soil.



Plant Care Library

At Swansons, we’re dedicated to growing the smartest, hippest, and healthiest gardeners in the Pacific Northwest. Below is a library filled with pages on what we grow in Seattle. Just remember, we were all novices once, and no one knows it all. So enjoy, keep learning, and happy gardening!

Looking for more Pacific Northwest gardening resources? Here is a list of our community partners.