- If planting out holiday trees, make
sure to minimize air pockets around root system by thoroughly chopping up large clods of soil and apply adequate water as you fill
- Planting of conifers and broad-leaved evergreens should wait until early spring.
- There is still time to install protective barriers for cold sensitive plants.
- Protect plants susceptible to animal damage - wire cage or protective collar.
Flowers & herbaceous perennials, biennials, annuals
- Perennials should be mulched with shredded leaves, straw or other organic mulches.
- Make sure existing plantings of herbaceous perennials and biennials are labeled to minimize damage when digging next spring.
- Start planning for Spring 2004 by perusing the catalogs.
- Remove leaves from the grass and if possible, compost them.
- Winterize lawn equipment.
- Avoid heavy traffic over lawns at this time.
- Continue to clean all tools and store for
- Mulch overwintering herbs and vegetables with a few inches of salt hay, straw or other organic mulches.
- Continue planning for the spring and review the seed catalogs.
- Monitor plants for insects if
brought in from outside. Most common problems are scale, mealybugs, and spider mites. Insecticidal soaps and horticultural oils
(refer to label for houseplants) are effective controls for these problems.
- Use tepid water to water plants.
- Grow slows down so avoid normal fertilization practices until mid- to late winter.
- Maintain or increase humidity by using a humidifier or open trays of water.
- Keep holiday plants away from cool drafts and heat sources.
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