December Yard and Garden Tips
Things to do:
- Bulbs - it's time to plant those spring-flowering bulbs you purchased in September, such
as daffodils, tulips, hyacinths, and crocus. See
Spring-Flowering Bulbs for more information.
- Fruit sanitation - begin inspecting your fruit trees. Be sure to
remove any mummified remaining fruits, and rake up and dispose of old
leaves and branches that may harbor diseases over the winter.
- Fertilizer - You may choose to add some nitrogen to Bermuda lawns this month
have been overseeded. DO NOT
fertilize non-overseeded, warm-season grass lawns late in the fall!
Fertilizing Lawns for more information.
- Annual bluegrass - this is a soft little grass weed (also called po annua) the comes up in the yard. Treat this month to keep it under
Grassy Weeds for more information.
- Pond Stocking - September through January are good months to stock bream in a fishing pond. See
Stocking & Harvesting Recreational Fish Ponds for more information.
- Pond Liming - September through January are also good times to lime the pond bottom if necessary. See
Liming Recreational Ponds for information on sampling the bottom and applying lime if needed.
- Tree Planting - the winter months when trees are dormant are
excellent times to plant. Be careful that you do not plant them too
deep or with too much soil amendment. See Planting Trees Correctly for information on the proper way to plant a tree.
- String Trimmers - Drain the fuel from your string trimmers and run the engine until the amount left in the carburetor is depleted (the engine will shut off). This will help prevent “gumming” in the carburetor and will make your first start next spring a much more pleasant job. This is a good idea for any small engine tool that will not be used over the winter.
For more information for December, see
This Month in Your Garden's