Bulbs. There is still some time to get bulbs in the ground for a happy show this spring! Evergreen still has a good selection of bubs to choose from: try peony, calla lily, amaryllis and more to extend your blooming season and add some newness to your landscape.
Plant. Add some gorgeous flowers with evergreen foliage to your winter garden. This month is a good time to choose Camellias.
Plant Roses. Roses start arriving here at Evergreen Nursery in mid-December. Visit our Roses Plant List page to see what’s available.
Garden Resolutions for Next Year. As you walk your garden assessing what’s happening this month, bring a notepad and pencil and jot down things you might want to change or do differently in the upcoming year.
Living Christmas Trees. Go green this year with a living Christmas Tree that you can plant in your garden after the holidays for years of enjoyment.
Clean up debris. To reduce the number of sites that harbor insects and diseases over winter, pull and discard weeds, spent annuals, and vegetables. Also clean up all fruit and fallen leaves. Compost only plant debris that’s free of disease, insect pests, and weeds. Keep up with raking leaves before the rains come. Don’t let them collect, as this invites disease.
Control Disease. To control brown rot on apricots, and peach leaf curl on peach and nectarine trees, spray with Bonide® Liquid Copper Fungicide or Monterey Liqui-Cop after leaves fall. Apply sprays on dry days when rain isn’t predicted for at least 36 hours. Thoroughly cover the branches, stems, and trunk as well as the ground beneath the tree.
Pay Special Attention to areas to cleanup around peonies, roses, bearded iris and other flowers that are prone to fungal diseases; don’t leave any debris in place. Do not add any diseased leaves to the compost.
Rake & Compost Leaves. Rake up dried leaves of deciduous trees and shrubs and put them in the compost. These leaves supply much needed carbon to heat up and break down the nitrogen in grass and other green plant material in your compost bin. Keep adding these leaves (you can save a can or bag full and add some each week) and by spring you’ll have some beautiful, rich compost to work into your soil.
Protect. As the temperature dips, protect frost tender plants such as citrus, avocados, cacti, succulents and more from the chill. Make sure to protect plants before the frost hits. Use Bonide® Wilt Stop and DeWitt Plant Protection Blanket.
Veggies. There’s still time this month to plant broccoli, kale, Brussels sprouts, collards, chard, peas, onions, fava beans, onions, and more.
Control Insects. Protect your fruit trees, berries and roses with dormant oil such as Bonide® All Seasons Oil to smother overwintering insect eggs and pests. Spray after leaves have fallen. Thoroughly cover the branches, stems, and trunk as well as the ground beneath the tree.
Control Weeds. Keep weeds under control in your lawn with Bonide® Weed Beater Ultra. Throughout your beds, spot treat with Bonide® KleenUp.