Oct – Dec 2015 Gardening Tips

Timely Tips for December Gardeners from Calloway’s and Cornelius
Working in your garden is an excellent escape during the holidays. It’s a great time of year to do
some of the heavy work in the landscape as opposed to sweating it up in the heat of the summer.
Don’t put up the mower yet. Although turf grasses have stopped growing, you can use the
mower to chop up and recycle the leaves back into the lawn or for a compost pile.
Prepare gas-powered engines for winter. The owner’s manual is the best guide to winterizing a
lawn mower, tiller, garden tractor or other power equipment.
Drain and store garden hoses and watering equipment in a readily accessible location. Lawns
and other plants may need an occasional watering during prolonged dry spell.
In general, once the weather gets and stays cold, pruning of deciduous plants (ones that lose their
leaves) can be safely done. Evergreen hedges can be sheared or cut back in the winter also. Wait
until February to prune your roses. Remember – Do Not Top your Crapemyrtles! Simply prune
to remove seed heads and shape.
Prepare for the cold weather before it hits! One of the best things you can do for your landscape
plants is to provide a 2 to 3 inch layer of mulch. Mulching is necessary year round but during
the colder periods it provides a layer of insulation for the roots. Water your landscape well
before a cold spell. A drought stressed plant is more susceptible to freeze damage. For more
tender plants, purchase frost cloth for extra protection. Cover the plant completely allowing the
edges to come all the way to the ground, utilizing the heat which radiates from the ground.
December is a perfect time to plant trees and shrubs so they can develop a strong root system for
next Spring. Cool weather color such as Pansies, Snapdragons, Cyclamen, Flowering Cabbage
and Kale add splashes of color to your landscape. Spring flowering bulbs can be planted now
once they have been properly chilled.
Make your home beautiful for the Holidays with a stunning assortment of floral quality
Poinsettias, Cyclamen, freshest greenery and Christmas Trees. Add a mix of new indoor and
tropical plants to energize your home décor.
Remember to provide food and water for the birds this winter. You can attract just as many birds
with a bird bath as with food, especially during the dry spells. To draw a diversity of birds
provide a variety of seeds, like sunflower, thistle, safflower and millet; plus suet. Once you
begin putting out bird food, continue feeding them through the spring time.
Enjoy your time with family and friends. Have a very Merry Christmas and blessed Happy New
Year!
Information courtesy of Calloway’s Nursery ©2015, www.calloways.com. Attribution to
Calloway’s required for all use and reproduction.

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