UCCE Master Gardeners of Tuolumne County
Gardening Tips for February
- Above 2000 ft. : prune deciduous fruit trees, cane berries
- Below 200 ft.: prune grapes, roses, crepe myrtle. Paint trunks of bareroot and young fruit trees to prevent borers and protect from sunburn. Use interior white latex paint with equal amounts of water and apply generously.
- Control earwigs and sow bugs with bait or traps.
- Remove and discard old flowers from azaleas and camellias to reduce petal blight.
- Divide asters, lilies, perennial phlox, chrysanthemums.
- Work on removing dead and dying limbs and vegetation.
- Check dates of Master Gardener classes.
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Contact the Master Gardener Hotline: 209-533-5912 or fill out the "Ask a Master Gardener" online form.
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