February Lawn Tips
by Don Janssen, UNL Extension Educator
February has arrived and while not thought of as a gardening month, February can include a few yard and garden activities. Outdoors, anything is weather permitting, but there are also things to do inside in anticipation of spring and the new growing season.
If the weather is acceptable, February starts the process of pruning apple trees. Apples should be pruned on a regular basis to keep them productive, and February through early April is a good time to do it. Other trees and shrubs can be pruned, but be careful. Don’t prune spring blooming shrubs, such as forsythia or lilac, because flower buds were formed last season. Cut them off and the shrubs will not produce flowers this spring. Likewise, avoid pruning maples and elms until early summer.
Another good activity outdoors in February is to scout around the yard, looking for problems that may be corrected by pruning. For example, look for branches that are broken, crossing each other, too low, or growing into buildings or other undesirable areas. As weather conditions get warmer, these limbs can be removed.