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Gardening Tips

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Make certain that climbing roses are securely attached to their supports.

Use small stakes or markers where you've planted bulbs or late-starting plants in the perennial garden to avoid disturbing them when you begin spring soil preparation.

Apply protective mulches on the perennial garden after the ground has frozen an inch or two.

Cover strawberries two inches deep with hay or straw.

Bring garden furniture under cover if you have not already done so.

Till the soil in your vegetable garden to help reduce pests next spring. Also,destroy breeding places for pests and disease by removing debris from your garden.

Work a trowelful of bonemeal into the soil around your rosebushes, then hill up more soil or mound bark mulch high around the base of the rose.

Prune grapevines.

It’s never too late to apply lime to your lawn, as long as snow doesn’t stop you from pushing the spreader. The minerals in lime retain their value until the grass is ready to grow again.

Give the compost pile a good turning before winter sets in.

Give all trees and shrubs plenty of water before the ground freezes.

Check trees around your house for weak branches that should be removed by you now, rather than by snow and ice later.

Keep mowing your lawn for as long as it grows. Pests such as voles and field mice will damage your lawn and plants if they have long grass to hide in.

Now is a good time to plant new trees and shrubs; apply a layer of mulch around the plants and keep the soil moist.

Add mulch to flower and bulb beds after the ground freezes to help prevent winter damage.

Till the soil in your vegetable garden to help reduce pests next spring. Also, remove any plant debris from your garden to eliminate pests.

Test your garden soil if you have not already done so. Make any necessary changes to improve it for next spring.

Do not fertilize your houseplants over the winter and reduce their amount of water.

Throw away any fruits left on the ground or on the trees; this will help eliminate pests and diseases from your yard.

Keep on top of the leaves; shred and add to compost pile.

Store your harvest in a root cellar or cold basement.

Order fruit trees for next year.

Cover trees and shrubs that may be damaged by deer.

Bring in your garden hoses; drain outdoor faucets.

Clean out window boxes before the soil freezes.

Set up your bird feeders now; remember to provide both food and clean water.

Remember to clean and oil all garden tools before storing them for winter.

Make sure your snow blower is serviced and ready!

Bring in any tender houseplants and place them in a sunny spot. Cut back on the fertilizer and remember to water them.

Remember to continue watering your plants, even as the temperature decreases; dry plants are more easily damaged by freezing temperatures.

Harvest all warm-season vegetables before the first freeze arrives.

Continue to plant cool-season transplants such as: broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, chard, endive, kale, kohlrabi, lettuce, leeks, onion, parsnips, radishes, spinach, and turnips.

Continue to plant cool-season transplants such as: broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, chard, garlic, and lettuce.

Now is the ideal time to landscape with trees and shrubs; dig and transplant trees and shrubs because their roots will continue to grow even though the rest of the plant is dormant.

Replace summer flowers with winter-hardy flowers, such as pansies, snapdragons, or dianthus.

Deadhead spent blooms to encourage flowering.

Continue to overseed Bermuda lawns to keep the grass green through winter.

If you have highly acidic lawns or garden soil, now is the ideal time to fix them. Test your lawn or soil to determine how much agricultural lime is necessary.

Once leaves begin to fall, be sure to remove them from your lawn; wet leaves can block sunlight and increase the chance of disease.

Leave the foliage on your perennials to help insulate them from the harsh winter conditions.

Store any remaining garden seeds in airtight containers and keep them in the refrigerator or freezer until the next planting season.

Complete fertilization of established roses this month.

Prune deciduous trees, but only for structural and safety purposes. Do not prune fruit trees until February or March.

Get ready for winter frosts. Protect citrus trees if needed.

Bring garden hoses in soon and drain outdoor faucets.

Check the trees around your house for any weak branches that should be removed now, before the snow and ice hits.

Clean shovels, spades, pruners, and garden tools, cleaning all debris and wiping with an oiled cloth. Sharpen blades.

To rejuvenate a tired lawn, aerate, spread a thin topping of compost, and rake again.

Cover empty beds with straw or shredded leaves to keep weeds from growing.

Wrap young evergreens in burlap to protect from the extreme of winter.

To protect tender perennials from harsh winter weather, place a wooden frame over plants after the ground has frozen and fill with leaves.

Scrub and disinfect flowerpots from debris, soaking with mild bleach water solution and rinsing.

You can still plant some spring-blooming bulbs, as long as the soil is workable.

Now is a good time to plant new trees and shrubs; apply a layer of mulch around the plants and keep the soil moist.

Add mulch to flower and bulb beds after the ground freezes to help prevent winter damage.

Bring in any tender houseplants and place them in a sunny spot. Wash off any dust or insects.

Throw away any fruit left on the ground or on the trees; this will help eliminate pests and diseases from your yard.

Store your harvest in a root cellar or cold basement.

Order fruit trees for next year.

Cover trees and shrubs that may be damaged by deer.

Now is the ideal time to landscape with trees and shrubs; dig and transplant trees and shrubs because their roots will continue to grow even though the rest of the plant is dormant.

Prune deciduous trees, but only for structural and safety purposes. Do not prune fruit trees until February or March.

By the end of the month, winterize the lawnmower, wiping off all dirt and debris to avoid rusting and wear.

Check your vegetables in storage and remove any diseased or rotting ones.

Place a cold frame over your winter vegetables.

Cover rhubarb and asparagus beds with composted manure and straw.

Place mulch around berries.

Now is a good time to plant trees and shrubs; be sure to water new plants.

Check your garden and lawn for any problems and treat them when necessary. Water sparingly from now through early spring, making sure that soil dries out between waterings.

Remove any fallen fruit from your yard and prune all dead or diseased branches.

Till any crop debris into your vegetable garden; be sure to dispose of any diseased materials.

Protect tender evergreens from the winter winds.

Tie up any loose evergreen shrub branches to protect them from ice and snow damage.

Remove mulch and tall weeds from around your fruit trees to discourage mice and other pests from hiding there.

Remove old and dead plants to help eliminate weeds, diseases, and pests in your garden.

Service mowers and sharpen blades.

Ensure that firewood isn’t stored near the house or inside.

Try seeding some herbs indoors and place near a sunny window. Chives, sage, and parsley may be good choices.

Try growing amaryllis for the holidays! Plant the lower half of the bulb below the soil line in light potting soil. Water sparingly. Place the plant in bright light at 50 to 70 degrees. Once you see the stalk, rotate the pot twice a week and water to keep the soil barely moist.

Continue planting winter vegetables, such as beets, broccoli, cabbage, onions, radishes, and spinach.

Continue planting herbs that like cooler weather, such as dill, sage, thyme, cilantro, fennel, and parsley.

Plant cool-season flowers, such as carnations, pansies, petunias, and snapdragons.

Now is a good time to plant ornamental trees and shrubs.

Use dormant oil sprays to control scale on ornamental plants, trees, and shrubs.

Protect citrus trees if freezing temperatures are predicted. Water a day prior and you may also use covers.

Avoid any heavy pruning jobs, as they will encourage growth that may be damaged during the winter.

Remember the birds. As you prune, make a small pile in the back of the yard for your feathered friends.

Remember to water your lawn during dry weather to keep it healthy.

Plant hardy annuals, such as poppies, pansies, and larkspur.

Top-dress your perennial beds with a layer of compost.

Be sure to water your shrubs and trees throughout the winter, especially if the weather is dry.

Refresh the mulch around your plants to help retain moisture and control weeds.

Remove the leaves from your lawn, as they can encourage disease.


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