We’ll start each month with a list of the top 5 things you should do outside in your yard to keep your garden healthy, your property looking great, and your mind free from worry! Keep in mind that we are writing from zone 7b and our experience lies in zones 6 and 7, but the majority of these tasks will be applicable for most gardens, especially those that experience the change of seasons. Here are the top 5 things you should do in your garden this month:
1. If the ground isn’t frozen where you are, you can feel free to still plant perennials, shrubs, and trees.
2. Prune and reshape evergreen trees and shrubs as well as dormant deciduous trees. Anything you haven’t gotten around to cutting back or cleaning up from last month can still be done this month.
3. Continue to grind any leaves on the lawn or if there are many, bag them and use them as mulch. Letting leaves cover the lawn prevents light from getting to it and will cause bare spots.
4. Provide food and water to your area’s wintering birds. What to feed them depends on what kinds of birds stay in or come to your area for the winter. Do a search online to find the best types of food and feeder for the birds you want to attract.
5. Put up Christmas or Hanukkah lights! If you don’t celebrate, put in some kind of landscape lighting to illuminate these darker days. If you have landscape lighting, now is a good time to make sure it’s all in working order.
This isn’t in your garden, but it’s related: Clean, sharpen, repair, and do maintenance of your lawn and garden tools. If you aren’t able to do this yourself, take it to a local shop. Even if it takes a while, they’ll be ready before you need them again.
December is busy enough, so luckily there isn’t much work that has to be done outside right now! If you have a live Christmas tree, don’t forget to water it regularly! If you can think of anything else that needs to be done outside this month, remind us below!