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Dormant season pruning is critical in the success of your fruit trees. Don’t delay!


Bait. Put an organic snail bait out now.  New hatchlings of slugs and snails are coming out, so get a jump-start on controlling populations by using Sluggo, a snail bait that is safe to use around children and pets.

Feed.  Switch your Cymbidium food one your orchid is finished blooming. Use Gro-More 30-10-10 (red) now.  Start fertilizing your roses and other plants that are coming out of dormancy.

Houseplants.  Check your houseplants regularly for proper moisture.  Heaters can make them dry out much more quickly than other times of the year.

Plan.  Use those dreary, rainy days to plan your spring and summer garden so you will be ready for spring’s rush.  With the garden bare, it’s easy to see structure. Make a list of plants you need or areas that need help.

RosesPlant.  Now is the time to plant roses and fruit trees!  Come in to Evergreen now for the best selection.


Prepare. Get ready for spring on nice days by cleaning out your flowerbeds. Pull weeds and clean up last year’s growth on perennials.  Make a list of plants you need to fill in those bare spots.

Prevent: Danger of frost still exists during February.  Keep that frost blanket or Bonide Wilt Stop around a little longer just in case.


Prune.  This month is your last chance to prune and spray deciduous trees and shrubs at the dormancy dilution.


Spray.  After pruning make sure to dormant spray!  Use copper spray for fungus and All Seasons Oil for over-wintering insects.  Spraying now will prevent problems later.

Start.  Now is a good time to start your seedlings indoors. We have all the supplies you need to start them, including the seeds themselves!


Bloom assorted gardening tools - great gifts for gardenersTools.  Sharpen tools now in preparation for pruning and spring cleaning. This includes pruners, loppers and lawn mower blades.  Make sure your tools are clean, as they can spread disease from one plant to another.  If it’s time to replace old, worn tools, we have an excellent selection here at Evergreen!

Water.  Make sure to water your plants in between rainy periods.