Happy New Year! We hope your holidays were wonderful. It’s time to think about 2012, and there is much to do.
If you purchased a tree to use as a Christmas tree, you should be thinking about taking it outside to use as a patio plant or to plant in the ground. Be sure to keep it damp and don’t plant it too deep. Add 2-4 inches of mulch around it.
If you purchased or received plants for Christmas, remove the foil from the plant. In the sink, water it well and let it drain before placing it back into the foil. Check the plants every few days to see if they need to be watered. Keep the soil damp, but not soggy. Move the plants to the brightest light; low light can cause the plants to grow leggy and slowly decline.
This week we will begin the process of removing Christmas decorations from Bindseil Park and the Pecan Bottom. The decorations were enjoyed by many visitors. It kept Retta Martin busy, keeping all the lights burning. We haven’t had rain in December for several years and the moisture kept popping the lights off. If you would like to help, call Retta at 833-4720 or Judy at 833-5663. The weather will make the working decisions.
We have begun trimming the tops of frozen plants. Prune the plants to the firm portion of the plant. Wait until we have a hard freeze to cut them back to the ground. Add mulch to the shrubs and trees. Perennials and shrubs have a better chance of coming out in the spring if they have two to four inches of mulch.
Tommy Vallone, Pat Vallone’s husband, had an accident on the 23rd of December. He fell from a ladder and broke his leg in three places. He is now at Seton Hospital in Austin. He has had a difficult time. Keep him and Pat in your prayers.