February is for Fertilizing! Fertilize lawn grasses to improve color or coverage. Fertilize your citrus trees now if not done in January. Frequency and amount of fertilization depend on the age of the tree. Fertilize shrubs and palms by spreading fertilizer evenly over the soil surface and watering it in. Follow with a fresh layer of mulch to conserve moisture and reduce weeds. Delay pruning any cold-damaged branches until new growth starts.
Watering: Be sure to water when and as long as your local water conservation rules allow. Where you are not restricted, water deep and long since this is the dry season and often what rain we get is not enough to thoroughly soak the ground. Spritzing your garden is not recommended as it causes plant roots to grow short and short roots during droughts will spell doom for your plants. A good, long soaking twice a week is best for your annuals, perennials, trees, shrubs and lawn.
Perfect time for Transplanting! Trees and shrubs may be transplanted this month since the cooler weather and relative dormancy of many plants make it a perfect time. Be careful to keep as much of the root system intact as possible when moving your plants and try not to let the roots dry out during the moving process. After planting, make sure to water your transplants thoroughly.
Avocados and mangos: Disease-susceptible varieties of avocado and mango may require applications of copper fungicide.