Lower South

January, 2007
Regional Report

Plant Tulips and Hyacinths

Don't forget those tulip and hyacinth bulbs you have stored in the refrigerator. They should be planted by early January for best results. These are usually one-season performers in the south, so plan on reworking the beds in spring to plants summer color.

Recycle a Christmas Tree

If you have a fresh-cut tree, don't throw it away when the holiday is over. Check with your local municipality for times and locations of any tree recycling centers in your area. That old tree can become valuable mulch for a community park or nature path.

Prepare Beds For Rose Planting

Get ready to plant roses in late winter by mixing composted manure, pine bark, and decomposed organic materials into existing soil at a 50:50 ratio. Roses need good drainage so building raised planting beds is a good idea. They also need lots of sunlight so select a location with at least 6 hours of sun exposure a day.

Sow Seeds Indoors

Sow warm-season annual flower and vegetables seeds in mid to late January for March transplanting out into the garden. This will give you a head start on the spring garden and save money on transplants. Place trays in a warm location, such as the top of a refrigerator, for rapid germination. When seedlings emerge, move them near a bright window.

Top-Dress Landscape Beds

Winter is a good time to add compost or decomposed manure as a surface mulch around trees and shrubs. By the time spring rains arrive, these materials will be in place and ready to release nutrients to the plant's roots.

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