DECEMBER GARDEN "TO DO" LIST
 

GENERAL GARDEN CARE

  • If it snows avoid using salt-based de-icing products in or around garden areas.

  • Shovel snow before it freezes on sidewalks and sprinkle sand on sidewalks for traction.

  • When shoveling, try to distribute snow equally on garden plants instead of piling it all against  foundation planting or in the root zone of only one tree.

  • Maintain a supply of water for the birds.

  • Clean and refill bird feeders.

  • Ice accumulation on tree branches should be left to melt.

  • Immediately prune back branches damaged by snow and ice.

  • For heavy snows, remove snow loads from evergreens by gently sweeping snow off with a broom.

  • Continue to monitor rodent and animal damage on plantings in yard.

ANNUAL AND PERENNIALS:

  • LIGHT pruning of deciduous trees and shrubs can be done this month.

 

LAWN CARE

  • Continue mowing @ 2 inches until the grass is almost dormant then last cut should be quite short.  This helps reduce snow mold fungus.

  • Fungus can also develop if excess garden debris and fallen leaves are left on grass over winter.

  • Avoid walking on frozen grass because it breaks the blades and mats down turf.

 

INDOOR GARDEN

  • Monitor plants for insect problems.

  • Choosing your Christmas Tree:

    • Choose trees with firm needles that do not drop off.

    • The bottom stump should be moist with some sap.

    • Balsam and White Fir; red, white, Scot pines & Douglas Fir retain Needles the longest.

    • Cut an additional 2 inches off the stump and plunge in warm water.

    • Keep stand full of water.  It can take up as much as a gallon/day.

    • Dry trees are fire hazards.

 

https://www.chicagobotanic.org/plantinfo/checklist/december