~ Peonies, Lilly bulbs and Dutch Iris in prepared beds and mulch
~ If you are planning to
plant a live christmas tree after the holidays, dig the hole now before the ground freezes.
~ Evergreen and deciduous
plants can still be planted.
~ Plants to attract birds,
Bittersweet, Virginia Creeper, Berry Shrubs, Crabapples, Dogwood, Thornes, Hollies, Mulberry, Shade Bush, Cedar and Spruce.
~ Spring flowering bulbs
as directed by supplier.
~ Late summer and fall blooming shrubs.
~ Cut back Mums and Perennial stems that are finished blooming.
~ Do not prune early spring blooming shrubs and trees except to remove damaged
or diseased branches.
~ Perennial herbs should be cut back now for better growth next year, use
dried herb stems to make great smelling wreaths and dried flower arrangements.
~ Cut lawn for the last time and remove leaves.
~ Cut suckers away from Crap-Myrtle, Forsythia and Lilacs.
~ Turn off faucets and drain hoses.
~ Remember to clean and store your hand tools, so they will be ready for use
next year, a light coating of oil will prevent rust.
~ If needed, divide and transplant ornamental
~ Evergreens, Aucuba, Boxwood, Southern Magnolia, Pyracantha, Nandina for berries, Pines Yews,
Fir, Spruce for wreaths and garlands.
~ To ensure that your fresh cut greenery lasts thru the holidays, crush strem ends
with hammer, or make several vertical cuts, place in a bucket of cool water overnight, to absorb as much water as possible.
~ When arrangements are made, spray with hairspray or acrylic floor wax to keep looking fresh.
~ Feed and provide water for birds throughout the winter months.
~ Save your wood ashes from your fireplace for
the garden, next spring. Your Peonies will be especially grateful.