Tips for December
Read the label before you spray and be sure to follow all the label directions!
- December can be a time of fluctuating temperatures; one day freezing and the next warmer. This cycle of freezing and thawing can cause newly planted perennials and winter annuals to heave from the ground. Be sure to periodically check for signs of heaving and push or "heel" these plants back in place.
- Plant any remaining spring-flowering bulbs before the ground freezes for the winter.
- Prune overgrown boxwoods and evergreens lightly to obtain material for making roping, swags, topiary trees, and wreaths.
- If you see small gnats hovering over the soil surface of your potted house plants, you have black fungus gnats. Discourage them by letting the soil dry out between watering and dump standing water from pot saucers.
- Whitefly, soft scale, and mealybugs can sometimes be a problem on your indoor plants. If you catch the problem early, spraying insecticidal soap can control these pests. Spray the tops and undersides of the leaves as well as in the nodes where the branches and leaves meet.