WINTER GARDENING TIPS

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PRUNE

Prune most plants in late Winter January through February), except Spring flowering plants which should be pruned only AFTER they flower. 

Prune Rose bushes by one third in mid-February, right around Valentine's Day, to stimulate new growth and Spring blooming. Roses can be thinned and reshaped in early August. 

Live Oaks should be pruned before February to prevent reduce the threat of Oak Wilt. 

Remove dead, wilted vegetation from previous crops to avoid the spread of disease. 

Rake and remove fallen leaves off your lawn to prevent retained moisture and turf disease. 

PLANT

Plant and transplant trees and shrubs now, while they are dormant. Spring flowering bulbs can be planted now as well. 

Plant "cool season" vegetables (Onions, Cabbage and Peas) in late Winter. 

MULCH

Apply 2-3 inches of mulch to insulate roots from the cold weather, retain moisture and reduce weeds. Mulch over perennials that die back for added protection from frost and cold temperatures. 

WEED CONTROL

Apply broadleaf and grassy weed control to your lawn in February. Most herbicides only effectively kill weeds at temperatures of 50 degrees Fahrenheit or above so watch the weather. 

WATER

Water plants and grass before frosts and freezes to reduce damage to plants and lawn. Wet soil stays warmer than dry soil.