Great Garden Tasks: December 2023 Checklist
‘Tis the season to be merry! It’s December, and an array of cut flower options look amazing indoors as holiday arrangements and table settings. From hydrangeas to arborvitae, there are a plethora of spring/summer garden staples that look beautiful during the holiday season. Here, we’ll discuss your final maintenance tasks for the year and how to get the most out of your garden this December.
- Wrap your arborvitae and other cold-sensitive evergreens with tree wrap or burlap to protect them from winter burn in cold climates.
- Cut branches from your arborvitae, juniper, red-twig dogwood, or holly to enjoy indoors.
- Reminisce on your garden this year. What did you love or hope to improve on in your garden?
- Look after the birds by leaving the seed heads on your perennials and shrubs.
- Protect your plants by adding another thick layer of mulch for the winter.
- Deer is a year-round problem, but damage can worsen in winter. Add a burlap, chicken wire, or liquid-repellent layer to your perennials and shrubs.
- Provide extra support for some evergreen shrubs to avoid breakage in strong winds or heavy snow.
- Similar to the garden, your houseplants are going dormant too! Avoid fertilizing or overwatering them as they rest for winter. Consider moving some away from cold windows.
- Watch the birds as they enjoy winter berries on junipers, holly, viburnum, cotoneaster, coralberry, and more!