February Gardening Checklist

By thewriteDuffy •  Updated: 04/08/24 •  6 min read

Weather dictates almost everything on a gardener’s to-do list. Even though February marks the heart of winter, in some climates it’s not too early to begin warmer-season gardens.

If it’s too cold where you live, there are plenty of other garden tasks to perform; clearing trees and shrubs of ice may be more the ticket.

Here’s a checklist for you to see what gardening tasks you may be able to knock our early this February:

Trees and Shrubs

Break out the shears, sprays and spades: In most areas, it’s time to spruce up trees and shrubs to keep them healthy and well-shaped for spring and summer. You may even be able to do some planting.


Tender plants and newly planted or thin-barked trees can be threatened by wind, cold and even dramatic weather changes in the heart of winter.


Get back into the swing of perennials this month with shopping, clearing, ordering, dividing and possibly a bit of planting.

Weekend Projects

If the chilly winds don’t keep you under the covers, spend sunny February weekends doing building projects so you’re all ready when spring kicks in.

Little Live Things

Birds that are used to finding food in the feeder need a bit of extra help at this time of year, while slugs need to be sent packing.


Finish any houseplant cleanup you’ve been putting off. As spring garden chores beef up, you’ll have more time to enjoy the outdoors.

Lawn Care

It’s not time to rev up the old lawn mower yet, but you can get a head start on spring with a bit of lawn preparation now.

Preparing for Spring

Between now and early March, set up a bright, warm indoor corner for spring and summer starts. Use sterile supplies, provide plenty of movable light, and keep the low temperature at 70 degrees. Prepare to get your fingernails dirty.

Almost March? Just Want to Keep Going?

Don’t worry, we’ve got a fresh checklist for you for March too, jump over to our March Gardening Checklist now!


At home, April is a mom, wife, and DIY darling. Among other home projects, she helped her husband Dan renovate their 1986 bungalow and is currently designing and decorating the 2023 custom home they are building themselves. Professionally, April is a writer, author, and online marketer with 15 years of experience writing for newspapers and magazines, building online authority websites, and publishing books.