December Desert Gardening And Early Winter To Do List
December is always a busy month for us desert dwellers. Our snow-covered families are on their way to soak up some sun during the holidays while we are busy decorating, getting everything ready and making sure the garden is in top shape. While the holidays can be cheery, they can often mean frost danger for our sensitive shrubbery. Frost warnings are common during this month and some of the most unusual storm systems have come through right around the holidays. Here are a few ways to make your December Desert Gardening a little less susceptible to winter damage:
- Frost is upon us. Keep frost cloths handy and check for freeze warnings. Tender plants include bougainvillea, citrus, some cactus (tips), hibiscus, ficus and plumeria.
- Try not to prune desert trees this month.
- Continue to rake any fallen leaves and add to compost pile. Pay special attention to leaves that build up under bushes, as they can lead to rot over time.
- Harvest additional citrus such as oranges, grapefruits and lemons.- Harvest additional citrus such as oranges, grapefruits and lemons.
- Continue to skip pruning frost-sensitive plants until danger of frost has passed (late winter/early spring).
- Now is a great time to start sewing desert seeds indoors. Get your chemical-free seeds at Sherizona.com today.
- Reduce watering frequency to a winter schedule. Many desert adapted and native plants should only need to rely on rainfall.
- Any winter growing succulents, the remainder shouldn’t need fertilizer provided they are dormant in the winter.