In February, Alabama experiences cool temperatures and while it’s not the peak season for gardening, there are still some landscape activities you can consider. Here are some relevant tips for landscaping in Alabama during February:

1. Pruning: February is a good time to prune certain deciduous trees such as crapemyrtles, and shrubs such as boxwoods and roses. For crapemyrtles, remove seed pods left over from the previous season and leggy or intersecting branches to promote a healthy tree and the best look for the upcoming year. We recommend not trimming a crapemyrtle back more than 1/3rd of its height and not cutting back large central trunks unless they need to be removed entirely. When trimming shrub roses such as knock out roses, we recommend trimming these back to about ⅓ their size.

2. Planting: Now is a great time to plant deciduous trees, evergreens, perennials, and cold hardy shrubs such as boxwoods! One of our favorites, the Lenton Rose (otherwise known as Helleborus) is one of the first to bloom in late Winter. Indian Creek typically brings theirs in mid-February!

3. Weed Control: Now is the time to apply pre-emergent herbicides to prevent weed growth later in the spring. This can be done in your lawn and your flowerbeds. Be sure to read the label to apply the correct amount and make sure you use the correct product for your flowerbeds.

4. Mulching: Now is a great time to apply a layer of mulch around trees and shrubs to conserve moisture, suppress weeds, and regulate soil temperature. As a rule of thumb, it is a good idea to have 2 to 3 inches of mulch in your flower beds. Mulch adds nutritional benefits for your plants in addition to giving your landscape a fresh look. We recommend using a natural mulch such as shredded pine bark.

5. Plan for Spring: Use February to plan your spring landscaping projects. Research and choose the plants you want to add to your garden, and create a planting schedule. Did you know Indian Creek offers a landscape design service?

Remember that local weather conditions can vary as well as soil conditions, so it’s always a good idea to observe your specific area and adjust your landscaping tasks accordingly. As always, we are here to help!