Recycle nutrients back into your lawn by mowing your leaves rather than raking them! If you regularly mow your leaf covered lawn in the fall (before the leaves get too thick), you may never have to rake a single leaf again. These shredded leaves are a fantastic source of "free" organic nutrients for your lawn and gardens. A mulching mower makes this job even easier because the chopped leaves are deposited on the lawn rather than being blown into a pile off to the side.
Now that the leaves are off the trees, it is a great time to do some thinning and structural pruning of your trees. This should not be heavy pruning but just touch-up pruning for shaping purposes (never removing more than 20%). With the leaves gone, you can easily see the overall shape and structure of the tree and can better evaluate your pruning cuts.
Here are a few tips:
Watch Mark Viette's "video tip" on winter pruning.
Now that the holidays are upon us, our thoughts turn to "decking our halls" with boughs of holly and other evergreens! It is fine to do a light pruning of evergreens (such as yews, pines, boxwood, holly, etc.) to get greens for decorating. The older and more established a tree or shrub is, the more and longer boughs you can take without causing harm to the tree or it's shape. Use these fresh greens in all kinds of holiday arrangements.
Watch Mark Viette's "video tip" on decorating with fresh greens, dried pods and berries.
It's not too late to plant spring bulbs. December is a great time to take advantage of late season sales on daffodils, tulips, and minor bulbs. These can still be planted as long as the ground is workable. Be sure to amend the planting hole with Espoma Bulb-tone according to the label directions.
Watch Mark's "video tip" on planting spring bulbs.