Winter Gardening Tips
~Water all trees, shrubs, perennials well that have been planted within the past two years. It’s been dry so this supplemental water is essential and critical for their survival. An easy way to remember is to water each holiday between Halloween and Easter, or approximately once a month.
~Apply a new layer of mulch to help retain the moisture that you’re adding to the soil.
~Turn the compost pile.
~Move birdbaths, fountains, and statuary inside or cover them well if you plan to leave them outside. If you don’t protect them, water will lay in them and freeze, cracking the concrete.
~If you plan on having a live Christmas tree, dig the hole for it now before the ground freezes. Cover to prevent it from filling with leaves or anyone from falling in.
~Bring a new houseplant home to brighten a winter weary space. Consider cyclamen, Christmas cactus, african violets or other blooming varieties.
~Check stored bulbs periodically for signs of rot and to make sure they aren’t sprouting.
~Buy fresh herbs and place them in a windowsill to snip off of throughout the winter months.
~Check houseplants periodically for pests and diseases. Repot when the days begin to grow longer and the sun is stronger.
~Gently shake heavy snowfall from tree limbs and shrub branches to avoid breakage. If some of them are broken, prune back with a clean cut to avoid further splintering or damage and the possibility of diseases and pest infestation.