December Gardening Tips

  • Install new trees, shrubs and perennials.  Early winter is still a fine time to plant and you may even find some bargains!  Use Fertilome Root Stimulator to jump start root growth.
  • Mulch all garden beds with 2”-3” of hardwood shredded mulch to protect the roots of the plants from the cold.
  • Check your holiday plants often for water and give them plenty of light.  With the heat on, they will dry out quickly.
  • Continue to gather leaves for composting. 
  • Be prepared for sudden temperature changes.  Frost cloth can help reduce winter damage.  You don’t have any?  We do!
  • Stock up on birdseed and keep feeders full to encourage a delightful display of migrating birds to stop by.
  • Keep fresh water in your birdbaths!
  • Clean up and discard any old fruit or flowers under trees and shrubs to prevent overwintering pests.
  • Remove or treat any fuel left in mowers, blowers, and edgers.  Old fuel becomes gelatinous and can clog fuel lines.  Did you know your mower blade should be sharpened monthly?
  • Clean gardening tools.  Remove any caked on mud or debris with soapy water and if necessary, a wire brush.  Wipe dry with a clean, cotton cloth.  Sharpen any blades that need it.  Apply a light coating of oil to any steel tools to help prevent rust.