Happy New Year! We hope your holiday was everything you wished. My yard still looks ugly. I haven’t had the time to clean up all of the frozen plants at my house or the downtown area.
If you know there will be a freeze, water all of the landscape, lawn, trees, shrubs and flowers; this will keep the plants from freezing. Check the potted plants as well. They should always be damp. Continue to monitor the inside plants. Keep the soil moist, not wet. Over watering is easy to do. Check the first inch of soil with your finger; if it is dry past the first inch, water it again. Fertilize inside plants with half the regular amount every time you water.
Check for scale insects on camellias, euonymus, hollies and fruit trees. Use a dormant oil or an insecticide plus oil.
If you have old seed from last years planting season and you’re not sure it will germinate, place the seed between sheets of moist paper towels and place it in a plastic bag, seal it and place it in a bright area. It should show signs of germinating in two weeks or less.
Early January is a good time to begin seeding peppers and tomatoes in cold frames, green houses or in window sills. They should be just the right size to plant in your spring gardens.
If you purchased a live tree for Christmas, you could be thinking about planting it outdoors or moving it outside for a patio plant. It will be much easier to take care of. They need full sun, fertilizer, and water.
This is a good time to prepare the lawn and garden equipment for next season. Drain any gas powered lawn mowers and weed eaters. Run the mower until the lines are drained of gasoline. Remove the mower blade and have it sharpened. Sharpen your hedge trimmers, loppers and clippers. Keeping the cutting tools standing in a bucket of sand will keep them from rusting and becoming dull.