Did you know that you can still garden in San Antonio during December? December is a great month to prepare for the Spring with your garden. Below is a short list from our friend Tom Harris, The Hill Country Gardner for the month of December. Happy Holidays and Happy Gardening!
•After they freeze back, you can cut lantana, mallow hibiscus, esperanza and other cold sensitive plants to the ground.
•Get those spring-flowering bulbs in the ground this month.
•Plastic cups sunk in the ground and ½ filled with beer attract and drown slugs and snails. They like Budweiser best.
•It is not too late to plant pansies.
•December is a good time to transplant roses
Fruits and Nuts
•This is a good month to plant bare root, fruit. and pecan trees
•Wait until January to do any major fruit tree pruning.
•Collect pecans as they fall to the ground.
Shade Trees and Shrubs
•Mulch the fallen leaves with your lawn mower.
•Eliminate the mistletoe (a parasite) from your trees after the leaves fall.
•It’s OK to plant trees in December…even bare-root trees.
•Consider a living Christmas tree. Arizona cypress or Italian Stone pines do well.
•Plant fruit trees on 8’ x 8’ raised beds with drip irrigation.
December is a good month to prune oak trees. Avoid topping.
•St. Augustine that is dry is very susceptible to freeze damage. Water once per month if it doesn’t rain.
•Side-dress your cole crops and onions with 2-3 Tbs of slow-release lawn fertilizer or ammonium sulphate per 10 feet of row.
•If tomatoes are full sized, but not showing any color, pick them and bring them into the house. They’ll ripen on the counter.