Crofton Gardeners Don’t Rest in January



January is not a month for curling up on the couch with a good book, if you have a yard and garden.  In fact, it’s time for Crofton homeowners to get busy with a number of gardening chores.  Put on your warm clothes and boots, and head outside, because it’s time to get started:

1) Plant fruit trees, flowering trees, and shade trees.

2) Plant roses, deciduous shrubs, and evergreens.

3) Prune shrubs and deciduous trees  (but not flowering trees).

4) Spray new buds on deciduous trees on a calm day (no wind or rain)

5) Remove snow from shrubs, evergreens and fine branches of deciduous trees.  Use an upward motion to prevent breakage of branches.  If a branch does break, prune it

6) Wrap newly planted  trees and thin-barked trees such as maple, ash, mountain ash and linden with burlap. Wrap from the base upward to repel moisture.

7) Cover tender plants with burlap, supported by stakes around the perimeter, taking care that the fabric does not touch the leafy part.

Reminder: CVGC Meeting, January 2, 2008, 9:30 a.m., Prince of Peace Church.

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