CALENDAR

    A Gardening Calendar from Morrison's.

    You might think that this being New England that there are only a few precious months to tend to your home & garden. We're here to show you 12 months of reasons why there's always something "green" to do.

    December

    General:

    Apply an anti-desiccant, such as Bonide Wilt-Stop, to broadleaf evergreens when the temperatures are above freezing and the spray can dry on the plants. Evergreens that are in wind prone areas with sun exposure are most susceptible to winter burn, and either this treatment or using a burlap windscreen will help.

    Caution: Wilt-Stop will both cause blue needled evergreens to turn green, and may be harmful to scale type needled evergreens like Arborvitae. Always read the label first.

    Lastly be sure your plants are adequately mulched. 

    Deer ticks are still active as long as temperatures are above freezing; so don’t let your guard down, and do protect your pets

    Christmas greens last longer and look better when sprayed with Wilt-Stop

    Cut off the spent flowers in your window box or pots and make an arrangement with cut evergreens.

    If you have a brush pile that is going to be burned this winter, cover it now with a tarp for easier lighting.

    When buying a cut Christmas tree always put a fresh cut on it and stick it in water even if you are not setting it up immediately.

    If you don’t use a birdbath heater then turn it over before ice forms and it breaks.

    The number one cause of houseplant death is overwatering. Always check the soil first to be sure it has dried before watering.

    If your Christmas cactus hasn’t bloomed try giving it a cold period (40’s or 50’s) and that should due the trick.

    If spider mites are a problem then regular misting daily should give control.

    Edibles:

    If you haven’t put a thick layer of straw over your root vegetables better do it.

    Kale can still grow during warm days of the winter.

    Hardware cloth around the base of your fruit trees can prevent chewing by voles and mice.

    Don’t start pruning your fruit trees until the leaves are totally of and the temperatures are below freezing.

    Lawns:

    When frozen stay off!

    Keep leaves off the lawn to prevent smothering.

    Have your lawn mower serviced before spring so you are ready to go.