Garden Tips - December
Protect your roses from winter winds and cold temperatures. After the first hard
frost, wrap a rose collar around each plant and fill it with straw, shredded leaves or
mulch. If possible, wait until new growth appears next spring before cutting back
Going away for the holidays? If you can't find a plant sitter, consider using Hydro
Spikes. They will provide your plants with water while you are away.
Deer and rabbit proof your valuable trees and shrubs by spraying them now with
Repels-All or Liquid Fence.
Mulch tender perennials and newly planted shrubs to protect tender roots from
extreme cold and fluctuating temperatures. Use loose organic material such as
shredded bark or cotton burr compost.
Have you raked up those felled leaves yet? Your lawn still needs as much light as
possible to prepare for winter. Also, leaves don't make good mulch for perennials
and should be raked or blown off perennial beds.