Gardening Tips for December for Redwood City, CA

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  • Prepare the soil for any new shrub, flower, or rose bed for next spring. Dig up the soil, remove any weeds, and add compost.
  • Toward the middle of the month, new bareroot roses are available to purchase at garden centers.
  • Avoid major pruning over the winter. However, be sure to remove any dead, diseased, or damaged branches from trees and shrubs.
  • If the weather is dry, occasionally water your lawn, shrubs, and small trees.
  • Apply a layer of winter mulch to protect your perennials after the first few freezes.
  • Remember to remove any leaves from your lawn and gardens, as the leaves can block sunlight or encourage disease among your plants.
  • Plant cool-weather vegetables such as beets, carrots, chard, lettuce, leeks, peas, potatoes, radishes, spinach, and turnips.
  • Plant transplants such as asparagus, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, chard, and lettuce.
  • Keep an eye out for pest problems and control before they get out of hand.
  • Order your vegetable and flower seeds now so you will be ready to plant them in the early spring.
  • If you want to upgrade your garden, now is a great time to design a new landscape or make any structural improvements to your garden.
  • Check to make sure indoor plants are getting enough sunlight and water.
  • Fertilize your winter lawn after the first mowing.
  • Set out bird feeders with food and water to attract birds to your garden during the winter.
  • Be prepared for early winter frosts; protect fruit trees.
  • Don't forget gardening when you make out your holiday gift list! Find ideas at
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