December To Do’s

Plant
  • Spring flower seeds – carnations, larkspur, nasturtium, petunias, and poppy.
  • Vegetable seeds – beets, cabbage (all types), carrots, chard, lettuce, mustard, onions, peas, radish, spinach and turnips
  • Hardy trees, shrubs and vines
  • Fall bulbs like paper whites and amaryllis will make a spectacular impact this winter and spring, and now is the time to buy them. Most need to be chilled for 4 to 6 weeks in your refrigerator then planted in pots or in the ground. They make beautiful gifts for the holidays. We have a great selection of fall bulbs at both stores. Be sure to get a free instruction sheet on their planting and care.
  • Flower transplants – pansies, petunias, alyssum, dianthus, snapdragons, ornamental cabbage and kale, geraniums
  • Christmas cactus is one of nature’s gifts for those who are gardening challenged. Just keep them dry and in very filtered light. How’s that for easy?
Fertilize
  • Bedding plants with Osmocote Time Release 14-14-14 or Miracle Gro. Organically with Hastagro, Medina Growin Green, Lady Bug John’s Recipe, or Milorganite.
  • Do not fertilize tropicals; they need to rest.
  • If you didn’t fertilize your lawn in October or November, instead of applying a chemical fertilizer, we recommend you use an organic fertilizer such as Lady Bug Lawn & Garden, Medina Growin Green or Milorganite. These products feed the grass & soil microbes slowly and naturally.
Prune
  • Perennials that have finished their bloom.
  • Pick spent flowers from annuals to prolong their bloom season
Water
  • Only as needed – but dry cold fronts, high winds and low humidity can dry plants quickly.
  • Established lawns only need water every couple of weeks, provided we don’t get rain.
  • Be sure to check your sprinkler system and adjust accordingly.
Watch Out For
  • Scale insects on hardy trees and shrubs. Spray with Neem Oil spray or Dormant Oil
  • Lawn fungus – this can be a major problem after long periods of wet, cool weather or over watering. There are 2 major lawn fungus – Take All Patch and Brown Patch
  • Treat Take All Patch with Fertilome Systemic Lawn Fungicide. Organically with Nature’s Blend Organic Compost, or Peat Moss
  • Treat Brown Patch Fungus with Bayer Lawn Fungus Granules, or Fertilome F-Stop Granules. Organically with Serenade.
When or if temperatures dip below freezing:
  • Move tropical potted plants inside or group them together in a protected area so they may be easily covered
  • Mulch and water newly planted trees and shrubs well; water tropicals and potted plants
  • Cover tropicals and tender plants with frost blankets, sheets, blankets or plastic. (Note plastic can burn the outer foliage it is touching)
  • Bring fabric all the way to the ground allowing heat from the soil to be trapped around the plant
  • Uncover all plants as temperatures rise to prevent the foliage from scorching