December lawn and garden tips

Clemson University

Things to do:

Flowers
Bulbs – It’s time to plant those spring-flowering bulbs you purchased in September, such as daffodils, tulips, hyacinths, and crocus.

Fruits
Fruit sanitation — Begin inspecting your fruit trees. Be sure to remove any mummified remaining fruits, and rake up and dispose of old leaves and branches that may harbor diseases over the winter.

Lawns
Fertilizer — You may choose to add some nitrogen to Bermuda lawns this month that have been overseeded. DO NOT fertilize non-overseeded, warm-season grass lawns late in the fall!
Annual bluegrass — This is a soft little grass weed (also called po annua) that comes up in the yard. Treat this month to keep it under control.

Ponds
Pond stocking — September through January are good months to stock bream in a fishing pond.
Pond liming — September through January are also good times to lime the pond bottom if necessary.

Trees
Tree planting — The winter months when trees are dormant are excellent times to plant. Be careful that you do not plant them too deep or with too much soil amendment.

Author: Rachel Howell

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