December

  • Use sand or kitty litter instead of salt that will runoff and affect planting areas
  • Protect shrubs under roof line from snow damage
  • Plant late spring blooming bulbs before ground freezes.
  • Definitely replenish or replace mulch around trees, shrubs & in bed areas. Make sure mulch is at least 3” to 4” deep for cold weather protection & to reduce heaving.
  • Just because it’s winter, don’t think you don’t need to water! Continue to water plant material, especially newly installed landscapes (if no significant rainfall, if ground is not frozen or during warm spells).
  • Continue to remove leaves from turf & bed areas. Chop leaves up with a mulching mower & leave on lawn or use in beds…makes a great mulch! Don’t let leaves remain at the base of trees & shrubs. This invites insects & disease.
  • Around Christmas, it’s time for the last application of lawn winter fertilizer.
  • Use your landscape for holiday decorating….for instance: use evergreen cuttings (like Holly, Nandina, Boxwood, Magnolia, etc.) for mantel & table displays; Dwarf Alberta Spruces make lovely ‘mini’ Christmas trees on porches, fir branches & grapevines can be fashioned into wreaths & decorated with holly & nandina berries, pinecones, seed pods, etc.
  • Remember our feathered friends during the winter….keep plenty of birdseed & fresh water available. Kids could help make feeders with peanut butter & birdseed pinecones, orange rind cups filled with birdseed & hung on trees, twine strung with cranberries (or any fruit) & hung in trees….be creative! The birds (& squirrels!) will love it!
  • Start thinking about plans for next year!
  • Happy New Year from your pals at Reliable Landscaping!