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Tasks for February

In Colorado, the first week of February is the time to start thinking about your landscape. Just like the groundhogs, it’s important to poke your head out and see what’s going on, so that when March rolls around you’re ready to go. Here are my tips for the next few weeks:

  • Think about getting the blades on your mower sharpened. Check here to see an article on the subject.
  • Cut down any perennial flowers that don’t look so great. Here’s a video that describes the process I use. If they still look attractive, you can wait until March or April.
  • Cut down the cool-season ornamental grasses. You might be thinking, the what?! All I mean is cutting back the ornamental grasses that like to green up early because they grow best during “cool” weather. The main two that come to mind are Karl Foerster feather reed grass and blue avena, also known as blue oat grass. Try to get to both of these two soon if you have them in your yard. They often begin to grow in February. Check out this video to see how I recommended cutting them back.
Karl Foerster in Winter

Karl Foerster in Winter

Karl Foerster in Summer

Karl Foerster in Summer

Blue Oat Grass in Winter

Blue Oat Grass in Winter

blue oat grass, blue avena grass

Blue Oat Grass in Summer

4 Responses to Tasks for February

  1. Joe Dixon February 7, 2015 at 7:17 am #

    Great post, Catherine. Timely information and helpful links to video and other pages. Thanks!

    • Catherine February 11, 2015 at 11:08 pm #

      Thanks, Joe. I hope you’re enjoying the balmy summer weather in February. 🙂

  2. Luke V. February 11, 2015 at 11:44 am #

    Thanks as always Catherine! So concise and timely. I’ve actually started a checklist incorporating all your information to guide me through doing the right thing at the right time. Looking forward to your continued updates.

    • Catherine February 11, 2015 at 11:07 pm #

      Thanks Luke. I hope the information is helpful. Glad you’re taking notes!

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