Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Winter Gardening Checklist

- Take digital photos, draw diagrams, and make notes of your garden.
- Take inventory of what types and what quantities are needed for your garden
- Start to order seeds online or in person.

Chores and Maintenance:
- Be sure to tie and support evergreen shrubs to avoid breakage.
- Protect trees from mice damage with mesh trunk guards.
- Protect shrubs from critters and pests with burlap or netting.
- Keep bird feeders filled throughout winter. Birds will keep the bugs away!

- For a decorative idea, prune evergreen branches to use in holiday decorating.
- Continue to rejuvenate overgrown shrubs as weather permits.
- Keep a newly bought Christmas tree in a bucket of water in a cool area.
- For maximum life and enjoyment; set up your Christmas tree in a reservoir stand. Cut a slant about 1" above existing cut for optimum water absorption.
- Sterilize your tree stand with a solution of boiling water, vinegar, and household bleach after use to kill harmful bacteria.
- When returning from the nursery, wrap your houseplants up to protect them from the winter elements until you get them in the house.
- Give your houseplants as much light as possible as the days grow shorter
- Don't fertilize indoor plants until spring
- Provide houseplants with increased humidity; keep a spray bottle handy and mist often--or place plants over a tray of moist pebbles.

For more information on winter lawn care and maintenance, contact Houston area Laird Landscaping.

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