February Tips for Pnw gardeners

 

GARDEN

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

Cut back hellebore leaves, if desired, to allow the flowers to stand out.

Looking for 4-season interest? Check out this fun post to find 14 Shrubs with Fab Foliage for the 4-Season Garden, from our friends at egardengo. Click on each shrub for great planting combinations. 

Feed the birds! Our feathered friends are grateful for some extra food right now. We also have colorful birdhouses to make them feel right at home.  

 

 

 

EDIBLES

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

This is a great time to plant fruit! We have our best selection of fruit trees and berries throughout the month of February.

Cut back brown asparagus fronds to 12 inches, then mulch generously.

Need some help planning and prepping your edible garden Check out these helpful blog posts:

 

 

 

INDOOR PLANTS

Unless your houseplants are very rootbound, put off repotting until at least March.

Don’t have a green thumb? We can help! Try these 5 Easy Houseplants or these 9 Best Low-Light Plants for Your Home or Office.

Indoor Citrus is a great way to bring fragrance into your home. Learn more about indoor citrus care here.

Learn more about the Proper Care and Feeding of Indoor Plants and find lots more articles on choosing and caring for indoor plants on the Indoor Gardener section of our blog.

 

 

 

LAWN CARE

Sharpen mower blades and tune up equipment to prepare for spring.

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.

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

See our Lawn Calendar for more monthly tips to keep your lawn lush and healthy.


 

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.