Natural Holiday Decorations and December Gardening Tasks

If you have some time to spend outside or just need some time away from the holiday hoopla, here’s our task list for December:

  • This is a great time to transplant, unless the ground is frozen.
  • Protect new landscape plants (they seem to have a sail, don’t they?) from the wind with staking, guy wires, windbreaks or site selection.
  • Poinsettia care: protect from cold; place in sunlight; don’t let leaves touch cold windows; fertilize every three weeks; water just to keep moist.
  • Cut and dip holly for holiday use. If you dip the cut tips of the branch, the berries and the leaves do not wither or fall off. Holly Dip is available at your local nursery.
  • Continually rake leaves off the lawn and hard surfaces (leaves may be left in the beds for an inexpensive mulch that feeds the soil).
  • Before your guests come, cut and remove any ugly stalks of perennial flowers; mulch flowerbeds; and hoe or pull winter weeds, particularly in the parts of the yard that are viewed by the public
  • After the holidays, you may begin working on seriously cutting back all the perennials and ornamental grasses around the yard.
  • Monitor houseplants for adequate watering and humidity. Water and fertilizer requirements are much less in winter.
  • Consider garden-related holiday gifts for the gardeners you know.
  • It is still time to plant spring-flowering bulbs such as tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, and crocuses; but don’t delay.
  • Watch the yard for wet or non-draining areas. Two possible solutions are: regrading the soil, installation of French drains and/or dry wells.

 

 

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