December Gardening Tips

Many of your plants are going into hibernation, but that doesn’t mean you can go into hibernation, too. As usual, there is always work to be done when it comes to your yard. Keep reading our December gardening tips to stay on task during the winter!

Do I need to fertilize during the winter?

This is a common question we receive every winter. The short answer to this question is no; you do not need to fertilize during the winter. By this time, most, if not all, of the plant material in your yard has gone into hibernation mode. The growing has ceased for the time being, and nutrients are not being absorbed through the root system. So, while fertilizer will not hurt the plant, fertilizing during the winter would be a waste of time and money.

Cuttings & Propagation

During December, you can propagate your hardwood cuttings. These plants include forsythia, weigela, hydrangea, flowering quince, and holly. Use the winter months to allow your cuttings to root indoors!

Christmas Tree Care

Some primary care needs to occur if you choose to have a fresh-cut Christmas tree inside your home. Upon purchasing or selecting your tree, be sure that the tree farm or lot gives your Christmas tree a fresh cut. A fresh cut will allow the water to be absorbed into the tree. Quickly place your tree in its stand with water when bringing it home. Add one tablespoon of sugar to the water. Adding sugar to the water will keep your tree from drying out. Keep an eye on the water level, as the tree will soak up a large amount of water within the first 24 hours. Continue to add water to the basin as needed.


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