Hello again Westside garden friends. February is almost over, and Spring is right around the corner.

As I walk around in my own garden, I am creating a punch list. This list will help me stay on track as I get ready for spring and summer.

Remember that spring here on the Westside is short lived and brutal heat is not far off.

Keep up with spraying your stone fruit trees with horticulture oil. This is especially important with peaches and nectarines. Remember, do not spray if tree has begun to show bud break.

Stake, support and tie potted plants and trees. Our windy spring weather is imminent.

Don’t forget to continue to water potted plants. We have had a good amount of rainfall, but many times potted plants are forgotten.

Plan and research what flower and vegetable seeds you might want to buy and sow for summer.

Also, time to think about summer flowering bulbs and tubers. Dahlias, gladiolus and daylily are just a few examples of summer flowering bulbs.

Hold off from fertilizing your rose bushes until March.

Lastly, it’s still a good time, to incorporate compost to vegetable and flower beds and around existing and newly planted trees.

Mark Koehler

Mark Koehler of Los Banos is an arborist and master gardener, who has degrees in Landscape Architecture and Landscape Horticulture from UC Berkeley and Northeastern University.