December Monthly Tips & Tricks for South Florida Landscapes

Winter is being noticed now in our temperature drop and less humidity in the air. It’s that time of the year to go back outside into our gardens and get our fingers dirty. We should be making a check-list of  things to do in our landscape  for the things to be completed this month.

What to do this month in the garden:

  • Fertilize grass, shrubs & trees.
  • Mulch all flower beds with compost (fallen leaves, plants debris or cuttings).
  •  Prune palm trees to (3-9) height, DO NOT over prune.
  •  Adjust irrigation based on rainfall, water only when needed.
  • Monitor plants for disease & insects, while cooler weather means fewer pests it doesn’t mean there gone.
  • Prune off dead blooms & seeds to develop new flowers.
  • Inspect houseplants for pests indoors, keeping in mind plant specific temperature, light, and humidity are key to healthy indoor plants thrive.

Planting to do list:

  • To add color masses to winter gardens add sun-patiens, geraniums & begonias
  • Amaryllis is a popular plant for the holiday season
  •  Herbs that survive the cold weather include sage, dill, cilantro, parsley, thyme & sage
  • Vegetables that thrive in cool weather include carrots, broccoli, onions, & kale

Until next month Happy Gardening!

If you need help regarding your landscaping, we at Garden Services are fully licensed & insured to handle all your irrigation, landscaping, lawn maintenance and tree service needs whether it’s a residential, commercial landscaping or homeowner association property. If you ever have any comments or questions, please don’t hesitate to call or email me and I’ll be happy to answer any questions that you might have. Special thanks again to UF/IFAS extension office for providing some information to this article. Until next month Happy Gardening!