Winter Gardening Tips
Even though it's cold, there are many things you can do now to make a difference for the upcoming growing season.
- Spread ice melt and salt carefully to avoid damage to shrubs. Sand might be a safer choice for sidewalks and plants.
- Carefully remove snow from evergreens as soon as possible after a heavy snow. This could help minimize damage to branches.
- Lightly prune house plants and don't forget to check for bugs!
- Cactus and succulents die from over watering more that any other reason. Reduce the amount and frequency of watering to avoid root rot.
- Protect poinsettias from cold drafts and keep moist to enjoy their color longer and keep them healthy.
- Remember to turn your pots regularly so every side of the plant is receiving sunlight.
- Place moisture-loving plants such as creeping figs, ferns, orchids, and aralias on trays filled with gravel, small stones or pebbles to make sure they have adequate moisture. Daily misting can also help increase humidity levels.
- Repot orchids while they are not in bloom, with a good orchid potting mix and feed them with a good orchid fertilizer.
- Birds rely on shelter, food, and water to survive the winter. Be sure to keep your feeders full, your bird houses hung and provide water if you can.
See you in March!