Happy New Year!!! Are you ready for another year of gardening? What are your goals for this coming year; new landscape, a new patio, install a new lawn or swimming pool, a water garden, or build up planting beds? All of these ideas need investigation and a plan for your landscaped area. Use the proper plants, soil additions, mulch, compost, and water-saving solutions.
Many trees are still dropping their leaves, but there are many more to go. Save the leaves for mulch or compost and save the landfills. Mow the lawn using the mulching mower and leave the leaves on the lawn unless there is an overabundance of leaves. They break down and add nutrients to the soil. Ask your neighbors to save their to save their bags of leaves for your landscape. They are usually anxious for you to take them. Run the mower over them 2-3 times. It will make a fine mulch and it can be used anywhere.
If your lawn needs help, add 1/4-1/2 inch over the lawn. It will add nutrients and humus to the lawn grass. If you have St. Augustine, it needs 1 inch of water a week, if it doesn’t rain. Zoysia and bermuda should be watered every 2 weeks. The same treatment for trees and shrubs. Flowering annuals should be fed every 10 days to two weeks.
Bareroot trees and shrubs will coming into the nurseries, soon. You will have better choices and the prices are cheaper before the plants are potted in cans.
Continue to water and observe the house plants you moved inside.
They struggle when they are first moved, until they become adapted. Give them all of the light that’s available. Keep them damp, not wet, and feed them at 1/4 amount, every 2 weeks.
We are all so sad about losing the 200-year-old tree, at the Bindsiel Park. It happened during the holidays. By the way, someone rustled the large lighted deer by the entrance to the park. It’s the first time we’ve had decorations taken from a display. If you have knowledge of this, please report it to the police.