The last two weeks of cold weather have left the plants around the square in need of some help. If the weather permits this week, we will do replanting of pansies, snapdragons and bulbs, plus a lot of trimming. Next week will be the time to remove Christmas decorations. We welcome all volunteers.
The coming weeks of January is the time to prune fruit trees, shade trees, and shrubs. Check for scale at this time. If it is present, spray with a horticultural dormant oil; it will smother the insects.
Winter weeds are easy to control at this time. Hoeing or covering with a heavy mulch will do the job. Just pull the mulch back when you are ready to plant.
Clean and store gardening tools. Use oil on cleaned metal tools and stick them in a large bucket of sand for winter storage.
If you planted grass seed in the Fall, this is the time for a light fertilizing and regular watering, if it doesn’t rain. Continue to remove heavy accumalation of leaves from your lawn. Use them for mulch or compost.
If your fruit did not produce fruit this year, you should plant a second tree for pollination. Apple, plums, and some pears need a pollinator.
Also, try something different. Plant a persimmon tree. They are very ornamental and the fruit is good for eating, baking, jams and jellies.
Winter and Spring flowers should be fertilized and watered regularly. I have been using a product called Rose Glow for all blooming plants. It’s a powder and you mix it with the soil. It’s good for potted plants and in the garden.
Complete your bulb planting this month. Plant them in groups of three instead of planting in a straight line or take an area and throw several bulbs out and plant them where they land. This is called naturalizing.