Landscape Maintenance – February

Landscape Maintenance – February

February in Dallas, TX (USDA zone 8 - 7a) is the month when we have days of spring type weather punctuated with cold spells reminding us that winter is not over yet.
But in order to get ready for the spring flush of new growth, there are a few task that need to be addressed.
1. Trim roses. If you are fortunate to still have roses with the rose rosette disease on the rampage, then you will want to cut them back to keep their growth tight and not rangy. The new growth will develop on strong and sturdy stems and produce fuller blooms.
2. Trim back liriope or Liriope muscari. Trim back last years growth with a line trimmer or hand held trimmers. This will remove last years growth and allow the fresh new growth to fill in.
3. Trim back ornamental grasses. The tools needed to trim ornamental grasses depends on the size of the plant. Large grasses can be cut with hedge trimmers while smaller ones can be cut with hand trimmers or line trimmers. If you have not trimmed back ornamental grasses by February, this is your last chance. After February, a flush of new growth will begin to emerge. The new growth will be intertwined with the dead foliage of last year. Trimming after the new growth appears will damage the new growth.
4. Trim crape myrtles. This is the time to trim back any limbs that may need to be cut back. If the tree is too large for the space, you may consider replacing with a smaller variety or another plant instead of doing and extreme trimming.

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