Lights are up, trees decorated, and our homes’ ready for the holidays. Now it’s time to step outside and enjoy Cardinals in bare trees, ripening citrus to pick and share, red berries being gobbled by resident Mockingbirds. The peace of Winter found in nature.
Here’s a few peaceful tips for December.
Check out our December Garden Guide for more tips and remember that trees, shrubs, and perennials can be planted 12 months out of the year! The only difference is the amount of water they need depending on temperatures and wind!
1. Pick Citrus When Ripe
Citrus is especially good if left to ripen on the tree. Keep an eye watching the skins to change color and have a soft “give” when squeezed. Ripe fruit are easily picked with a slight tug. If you notice “black mold” on the fruit or leaves, you can spray with All Seasons Oil Spray to control any insects causing the problem, very safe for all except the pest. Enjoy sharing your bounty with others!
2. Creative Garden Gifts
With a few simple components you can create heartfelt homegrown gifts. Succulents in natural clay pots would be perfect for a new gardener or a colorful bouquet of flowers planted in a glazed container for a friend’s porch. Adorn your wrappings with fresh herbs from the garden for those special touches that mean so much! Need ideas? We’ve got plenty!
3. Check Irrigation-Reduce Watering
Established lawns and landscapes (those more than 2 years old) can do with less water during winter. Even potted plants will stay moist longer this time of year. Check your irrigation systems to run less time and/or less often. Water lawns every 2 weeks if no rain. Water your landscape and potted plants when the soil feels dry. YOU WILL NEED TO WATER when we have cold fronts with low humidity and high winds and or freezing temps.
4. Alternative Trees for Christmas
If you want a tree to enjoy in your landscape after the holidays, Blue Point Junipers, Eugenia Cones, Norfolk Pines, even Magnolias and Ficus trees work beautifully as a holiday tree. If you bring these in for decorating, be sure they have good bright natural light. Keep watered but not too much, and as soon as the holidays are done…take them outdoors for a breath of fresh air.
5. Feed & Plant Winter Annuals
Winter flowers are AMAZING right now! Violas and Pansies are breathtaking and Geraniums are full of buds and blooms. In order to keep them looking their best, take a moment and fertilize your beauties. We love Plant Tone and or Hasta Gro. Both are organic and give you results. Have that “one more empty pot” to fill?