December In Your Garden
DECEMBER IN YOUR GARDEN
✔ Feed spring-flowering plants and fruit trees monthly with Master Bloom 0-10-10 or E.B. Stone Organics Ultra Bloom 0-10-10. These fertilizers are formulated with without nitrogen to boost flowering and fruiting. We especially recommend feeding your azaleas, camellias and rhododendrons for spectacular blooms. A 0-10-10 will also improve your yield, quality and sweetness of your citrus and other fruit trees!
✔ To prevent Peach Leaf Curl on your peach and nectarine trees, spray with Monterey Liqui-Cop or Bonide's Copper Fungicide.
✔ Prune most fruit trees, roses and deciduous trees from December through January.
✔ Do not prune spring flowering shrubs and trees such as lilac, quince, flowering cherry until the bloom is finished.
✔ Apply Master's Hydra Blue Aluminum Sulfate through January for beautiful blue blooms on your hydrangeas. Read Q & A: Hydrangeas for our tips and tricks.
- Keep your Christmas trees, wreaths and garland fresh by applying Cloud Cover or Wilt Stop. We also recommend adding KEEPS-IT GREEN Tree Preservative to your tree's water to prevent bateria growth. For more details and our step-by-step process read our Keeping Your Holiday Greenery Fresh blog post.
- For Christmas color and fragrance decorate with cyclamen, paperwhites, amaryllis and poinsettias.
- Don’t know what Christmas gift to purchase? Orchard Nursery Gift Cards make great gifts!
- Have a safe and happy holiday!
- It's not too late to plant spring flowering bulbs, tulips, daffodils, freesias, crocus and many more. For our tips and tricks read our Planting Bulbs blog post here.
- Plant garlic, shallot, and onions starts or sets (bulbs) in full sun with fertile, well-drained soil (we recommend mulching!) Check out our blog for more information on planting garlic, shallots and onions.
- Add camellias now for winter color in afternoon shade. Camellia sasanqua varieties bloom early to mid season for a range of hues.
- For more winter color plant primroses, pansies, Iceland poppies, ornamental cabbage or kale to name a few.
- Protect plants from frost. Be prepared with frost protective fabric, bags and liquid sprays such as Cloud Cover. Protect hibiscus, bougainvillea, citrus, avocados and succulents to name a few.
- Take note of your lawn sprinklers, it might be time to turn them off or down (depending on our level of rain.)
- Feed lawns with Master Nursery's Fall & Winter Feed 20-6-7. Apply monthly to keep your lawns at their best. Why apply this over regular lawn food? The nitrogen in the Fall & Winter Feed is formulated to work even faster in the colder months of the year.
- To prevent spring weeds such as oxalis and annual blue grass in the landscape or lawn apply the pre-emergent Bonide's Crabgrass & Weed Preventer.