Garden Tasks for December
Adopt the pace of
her secret is patience.
Care for Cut
A great way
to keep your cut Christmas tree and greens fresh is to spray them with "Wilt
This spray is a light, waxy protective coating that prevents them from drying
out. It is applied directly onto the needles. It’s best to do this before
bringing your tree inside. Once the tree is inside and set in the stand, make
sure to give it a good drink of water right away. You should also add tree
preservative to the water or a half can of sprite or mountain dew. If the tree
is placed near a heat vent, the vent should be partially or completely closed.
Continue to water as-needed.
for Live Christmas Trees
Dig your hole
now! the ground will be softer. If you wait until after Christmas, it’s
possible the ground will be frozen. Cover the hole and save the backfill dirt
in the garage to avoid freezing. A live tree must first be acclimated to a
warmer temperature. Place the tree in your garage for a few days before taking
it inside. This also is a good time to apply "Wilt Pruf"—an
anti-desiccant and flame-retardant spray that coats the needles to prevent them
from drying out. Choose a spot in your house that is relatively cool. Do
not place near a fireplace or open heat vent. Set tree in a large tub and
keep root ball moist with damp cloth, towels, or newspaper. The tree
should not be placed in standing water. Fill the tub with pine nuggets (for
aesthetics) after tree is in place. Keep the tree inside for a maximum
of 7-10 days. Be sure to take it back out to the garage for 2-3 days before
planting. Keep a bag of compost handy to condition the soil and use starter
fertilizer to help reduce transplant shock. Make sure to cover the top of the
root ball with mulch. Water thoroughly after planting (15-30 minutes) and every
2 to 3 weeks as needed.
plants recently planted; provide adequate moisture for new roots.
has heaved them up, gently press back into soil.
with leaves or evergreen boughs after ground freezes; usually after the new
If your soil is too acidic, add lime.
Because it moves slowly through the soil, it will reach your plants’ roots
when they need it in early spring.
heavy snowfalls or ice storms, avoid tampering with plants—let ‘mother
nature’ remove snow and ice.
young trees and shrubs for bark nibbled off by hungry rodents. Wrap trunks
to protect them from further damage.
if we have a dry winter, it is a good idea to water ‘newly’ planted trees
and shrubs. The best way is to set the hose at the base of the tree and let
it run on a slow drip for about 15 minutes; every three weeks is sufficient.
Rake up leaves and other debris when
lawn isn’t under snow.
salt deposits on areas near walks and driveways.
soil test if not done previously.
mower (with its gas tank drained) with other lawn supplies in a secure, dry