~Water all trees, shrubs, and perennials well that have been planted within the past two years. An easy way to remember is to water them on each holiday between Halloween and Easter.
~Move birdbaths, fountains, and statuary in and cover securely.
~Drain watering systems before the ground freezes.
~Check stored bulbs periodically to check for signs of rot and to make sure they aren’t sprouting.
~Dig the hole for your live Christmas tree before the ground freezes, then cover to prevent anyone or anything from falling in. Live Christmas trees should not be left inside for more than about 5 days or they may break dormancy.
~Buy seeds and seed starting supplies early. Certain varieties sell out fast.
~Buy fresh herbs and place them in a windowsill to snip off throughout the winter months. They will not only taste delicious, but they’ll also remind you that spring is around the corner.
~Check houseplants for pests and diseases. Re-pot when the days begin to grow longer and the sun stronger.
~Buy new houseplants to brighten up a winter weary home and purify the stuffy indoor winter air. Plants like african violets and others will provide blooming color throughout the winter months.
~Use birdseed for traction instead of salt on icy or snowy pathways. Your lawn, and the birds, will thank you!
~Apply a new layer of mulch to help retain the moisture that you’re adding to the soil.
~Gently shake heavy snowfall from tree limbs and shrub branches to avoid breakage. If some of them are damaged, prune back with a clean cut to avoid further splintering and damage or the possibility of diseases and pest infestation.