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December Gardening Tips

December Gardening Tips

While nature around you is beginning to go to sleep for the winter, the yard warriors must continue on! During this time of year, many questions arise from homeowners. In this blog post, we take a minute to answer some of those questions and tackle our December gardening tips!

Do I need to fertilize during the winter?

This is a very common question that we are asked every December. The short answer to this question is no; you do not need to fertilize during the winter. By this time, almost all of the plants in your yard have gone into hibernation mode. The growing season has left us and nutrients are no longer being absorbed by the plants. While fertilizing will not hurt the plant, it serves no purpose during the winter months.

Cuttings & Propagation

December is the best month to propagate hardwood cuttings. Included in the list of hardwoods that can be propagated are hydrangea, flowering quince, forsythia, holly, and weigela. Since these propagations will need some warm weather to root, please the cuttings inside.

Christmas Tree Care

If you choose to have a fresh-cut Christmas tree inside your home, there is some basic care that needs to take place. 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. When bringing your tree home, quickly place the tree in its stand with water. 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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