Have Your Soil Tested
Soil tests are extremely helpful. The information they contain can help you choose the right plants and the right fertilizers for a lush and healthy landscape. The results provide particle size information, which explains the drainage and water holding capabilities of your soil. This information can help you determine how long you'll need to water for deep root growth. Current nutritional levels and recommendations are also included in the test results. Most local Extension offices offer this service for a small fee. If not, they can direct you to a private lab.
Water and Mulch Newly Planted Trees and Shrubs
Water newly planted trees and shrubs to provide sufficient moisture to the roots to help prevent winter damage. Add a three inch layer of organic mulch such as shredded bark around the base of plants to retain soil moisture and regulate soil temperature.
Replant As You Harvest
Continue to harvest vegetables as they ripen, and pull up any plants that have finished producing. You can then plant cool season veggies in their places.
Look For and Destroy Bagworm Cases
Check your evergreen trees and shrubs for bagworm cases. Pick them off as you find them. This will eliminate the spring hatch from over-wintered eggs.
Plant peonies now, making sure the crowns are buried only one and a half to two inches below ground level. Planting them deeper than two inches may keep them from blooming.