Garden Tips

  November Tips

  • Water newly planted shrubs and trees through November if conditions are dry.

  • Move houseplants to a south-facing window for more light.

  • Paperwhite narcissus can be forced in just 3 to 5 weeks.

  • Mulching sensitive plants such as roses will help to protect roots over winter.

  • Be sure to keep up regular mowing until the lawn stops growing.

  • Spider plant is a pet-safe house plant that improves indoor air quality.

  • Bulbs are better planted at a later date than stored in the basement.

 December Tips

  • Pot up amaryllis bulbs and paperwhite narcissus for indoor winter color.

  • Holly is a symbol of goodwill and friendship.

  • Use clay pots for houseplants if overwatering is a tendency.

  • Squirrels can find food buried beneath a foot of snow.

  • Water compost piles during winter dry spells.

  • Poor light is the cause of poor growth and bud drop on Christmas cactus.

  • Mark lawn edges with stakes to keep plows and snowblowers on track.