Gardening Tips for December

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Your garden to do list:

  • Have poinsettia plants for the holidays? They like indirect, natural daylight for 5 or 6 hours a day and keep them away from heat sources, plus they like moist soil. Do not over water but do not let them dry out either. This same advice applies to your cyclamen and amaryllis.
  • Pansies and ornamental cabbage should be lightly fertilized.
  • Rose leaves that have fallen should be removed to prevent black spot from occurring next season.
  • Time to apply postemergence weed control to your lawn before winter weeds begin growing. Apply once again in February for good measure.
  • Lantana should not be cut back to ground level. Leave some stems and cover with mulch.
  • Spring blooming bulbs can still be planted this month as well as up until mid-January.
  • Fruit trees can be pruned anytime during the winter as long as the temperature is above 45 degrees.
  • Plant coriander and parsley seeds for early spring.
  • Prune pond plants down to the crown but do not fertilize.
  • Put pine straw over your strawberry plants for winter protection.
  • Good time to order fruit trees and grape vines to plant in February or March.
  • Don’t forget to keep your live Christmas tree watered!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM THE MASTER GARDENER℠ VOLUNTEERS OFPASQUOTANK COUNTY!