December

DECEMBER GARDEN "TO DO" LIST

GENERAL GARDEN CARE

  • If it snows avoid using salt-based de-icing products in or around garden areas.
  • Shovel snow before it freezes on sidewalks and sprinkle sand on sidewalks for traction.
  • When shoveling, try to distribute snow equally on garden plants instead of piling it all against  foundation planting or in the root zone of only one tree.
  • Maintain a supply of water for the birds.
  • Clean and refill bird feeders.
  • Ice accumulation on tree branches should be left to melt.
  • Immediately prune back branches damaged by snow and ice.
  • For heavy snows, remove snow loads from evergreens by gently sweeping snow off with a broom.
  • Continue to monitor rodent and animal damage on plantings in yard.

ANNUAL AND PERENNIALS:

  • LIGHT pruning of deciduous trees and shrubs can be done this month.

LAWN CARE

  • Continue mowing @ 2 inches until the grass is almost dormant then last cut should be quite short.  This helps reduce snow mold fungus.
  • Fungus can also develop if excess garden debris and fallen leaves are left on grass over winter.
  • Avoid walking on frozen grass because it breaks the blades and mats down turf.

INDOOR GARDEN

  • Monitor plants for insect problems.
  • Choosing your Christmas Tree:
    • Choose trees with firm needles that do not drop off.
    • The bottom stump should be moist with some sap.
    • Balsam and White Fir; red, white, Scot pines & Douglas Fir retain Needles the longest.
    • Cut an additional 2 inches off the stump and plunge in warm water.
    • Keep stand full of water.  It can take up as much as a gallon/day.
    • Dry trees are fire hazards.


https://www.chicagobotanic.org/plantinfo/checklist/december

 

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