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It’s December….What Needs To Be Done?
Planting
Plant pre-chilled tulip and hyacinth bulbs promptly after removing them from the refrigerator. Plant berry-producing trees and shrubs
to attract birds to your landscape and for winter color. Some good choices are possumhaw holly, yaupon holly, Carolina buckthorn,
rusty blackhaw viburnum, and American beautyberry. Select plants from the nursery with the berries on them to know what you are buying.
Plant fruit and pecan trees.
Fertilizing and Pruning
Do not top crape myrtles or remove the central leader of any shade tree.
Apply a root stimulator such as liquid seaweed, or a mild solution of water-soluble fertilizer to newly planted trees and shrubs.
Apply two to three inches of mulch around perennial flowers and newly planted trees, shrubs, and vines. It protects against winter freeze damage, conserves moisture, and moderates soil temperatures.
Garden Watch
Protect tender vegetation from the cold with a lightweight freeze cloth; available at most nurseries and garden centers.
Continue to water lawns and newly planted trees, shrubs, and perennials if rainfall is insufficient.

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