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December Garden Tips
- The heavy frost you see in the morning can be beautiful, but try not to walk on the lawn when it’s covered with this frost. The crunching noise you hear is from the ice crystals breaking, but the blades of grass also “break” and the tips will turn brown. Although this damage is not permanent it will be noticeable until the grass begins to green up in spring. So minimize the traffic on the lawn on frosty mornings to keep it looking green in the winter.
- You may see increased Mole activity this time of year. Moles don’t hibernate and continue to search for grubs and earthworms in turf areas during the winter.
- Store pesticides in an area where they will not be subjected to freezing and thawing this winter. Oil based pesticides can separate and the properties can change and become less stable.
- Thin-barked trees can suffer from sun damage during the winter. Sun shining on the south or southwest side of tree trunks can warm the tissues and stimulate vascular activity. Rapidly falling temperatures at night can then cause tissue injury. Wrapping the trunk with a white plastic trunk guard can prevent this injury. Young trees like upright Japanese Maples, Redbud and fruit trees are most susceptible.