- Cut back on watering your lawns, trees and shrubs. Reset your automatic sprinklers and drip systems as the days become shorter and cooler.
- Deep water established trees, shrubs and garden beds once a month in the winter months.
- New planting will require more water the first year.
- Use Sure Geen winterizer on lawns, trees and shrubs.
Yard and Garden
- Prune Pyracantha back to the berries for winter color.
- Winterize your irrigation systems.
- Leaving some foliage on perennial plants can help insulate them from the winter cold.
Insects and Diseases
- Clean your garden area by removing all debris and deadhead plants to prevent wintering pests.
- Be sure to remove fallen leaves from your lawn, wet leaves can block sunlight and increase the chance of disease.
- Continue to remove any vegetable plants that have stopped producing to reduce the chance of disease or insects.
- Harvest sweet potatoes, pumpkins and winter squash.
- Garlic and onions are ready when their tops start to bend over. Remove their tops after they have dried and store in a cool place.
- Plant vegetables such as broccoli, Brussel sprouts, onions, radishes, carrots, spinach, kale and lettuces.
- Start your Paperwhites and Amaryllis for the upcoming holiday season.
- Special order your Poinsettias for your holiday events.
- Clean and winterize ponds, waterfalls and fountains.
- Replace summer annuals with winter hardy plants such as dianthus, kale, pansies and snapdragons.
- Continue to remove weeds by pulling them or spraying with appropriate herbicides. Don’t let them go to seed.
- This is still the best time to plant perennials, trees and shrubs to give them the greatest chance to get established before spring winds kick in.
- Lift and store begonias, cannas, dahlias and gladiolus if in an area that will freeze.
- Plant your spring flowering bulbs. Use Dutch Bulb Food to give them a boost for years to come.