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In Florida, spring opens the way for long-awaited warm temperatures, ideal for outdoor enjoyment. Let’s check out what you can do to get your property's landscape in shape for this upcoming season.
In the spring, it opens an opportunity for a few species of flowers and plants to be incorporated into the landscape. You can still plant all your cool season crops if you haven’t done it yet like broccoli, carrots, kale, and lettuce.
Now you might wonder, “What can I do to prepare for spring?”. February is an excellent time to prune non-spring flowering trees and shrubs to enhance their form. This is a nice time to plant fruit trees, providing their roots time to grow before the warmer spring conditions.
It is also a good time to fertilize and prune the existing trees that are dormant. When the temperatures are close to freezing several plant varieties will be required to be covered to reduce damage. It’s a nice time to plant a tree as well! Trees resistant to hurricanes include bald cypress, live oaks, cabbage palms, and southern magnolias. It is time to get rid of dead seed pods on the crape myrtles and eliminate any twiggy growth and crossing branches will enhance the form and appearance of the plant.
As February starts it will shortly be time to spread a pre-emergent weed killer to your lawn to stop the growth of warm-season weeds. Temperatures should rise to 65°F for 4 to 5 successive days before you do a pre-emergent application and ensure you’re not using a feed and weed fertilizer.
You can fertilize citrus and other fruit trees at this time. The frequency and amount will be based on the type and age of the fruit tree you have. To avoid any injury, refrain from pruning citrus up to spring as cold temperatures are possible till that time. You can prune roses at this time to eliminate damage and enhance the overall form. After you have completed the pruning, you can apply a fresh layer of mulch and fertilize. They must start blooming in under 8-9 weeks after being pruned.
At Down To Earth, our professional team is available throughout the year to provide you with landscape and yard maintenance services to keep your property looking at its best all year.