- This is a good time to plant trees in Texas, especially for balled-and-burlapped trees.
- Fruit/pecan trees as nurseries begin to stock them.
- Also, it is a good time to transplant any trees you want relocated.
- Shrubs-wintercreeper, euonymous, nandinas junipers, cleyera, winter berrying shrubs-ie. female yaupons, possumhaw, Burford, dwarf Burfords.
- Tulips/Dutch hyacinths (ones that have been cooling in the fridge), plant the 2nd half of Dec. Daffodils, grape hyacinths & summer snowflakes plant anytime.
- Living Christmas trees ie. junipers & Spruces in the coolest part of NW Texas.
- Topiary rosemary anywhere.
- Anytime between Dec./Feb. is good time to prune woody plants
- Deciduous trees after leaves have fallen, clearing out any split or dead branches.
- Evergreen trees may be pruned as well.
- Trim out mistletoe before it gets deep rooted in the tree.
- Trim peach & plum trees to 8-9 feet removing vertical shoots (helps to maintain the broad bowl form of the tree)
- Grapevine 80-85% of canes, training the vine along a scaffold support.
- Pansies, and other winter annuals with 20-20-20 each time watered
- Water houseplants with 20-20-20 monthly
- Compost pile with 1 c all-nitrogen per cubic yard. After mixing in, cover with black plastic to absorb sun’s rays & keep moist.
- Newly planted trees/shrubs with liquid root stimulator plant food monthly-1st year
- Place orders for seeds, etc. to become familiar with them before spring arrives.
- Garden books, tropical plants, baskets of bulbs & gift cards for Christmas gift giving.
- Clover, henbit, dandelions, & other non-grassy weeds-control with broadleaf weedkiller
- Scale insects, mealy bugs & spider mites on houseplants.
- Scale on leaves, twigs of euonymus, hollies, camillias, crapemyrtles, oaks & fruit trees.
- Run power equipment until dry before storing.
- Good time to take to repair shop for maintenance or repairs.
- Cover tender plants with frost cloth to protect from freezing temperatures
- Water during dry spells
- Disconnect hoses, sprinklers after watering
- Prepare beds for spring planting
- Prepare rose beds with composted manure, pine bark & similar materials mixed with the soil to plant roses in January.
“God gave us memories that we may have roses in December.”–J. M. Barrie