Mid-Atlantic

January, 2001
Regional Report

Take a Gardening Class


Watch the media and your mailbox for notices and announcements of upcoming gardening lectures, classes, workshops, demonstrations, and tours. Community colleges, recreation centers, public gardens and arboreta, county extension offices, and garden centers are all possible sources for educational offerings. Sign up early to reserve your place.

Brush Away Heavy Snow

Heavy, wet snow can cause evergreens such as arborvitaes to splay open and possibly break apart. To avoid damage, gently brush away the snow with your arm or a broom before it accumulates and weighs down the branches. As a preventive measure, you can wrap the evergreens lightly with twine to keep the branches in place and prevent the snow from catching inside the shrub.

Prune Trees


Take advantage of a mild day when the temperature is well above freezing to prune deciduous trees. When the tree is bare, it's easier to see its overall shape while you trim away dead, damaged, diseased, and crossing or rubbing branches. Use sharp pruning tools, step back often to check your work, and consult a pruning manual, or a more experienced friend, if you are unsure about where and what to cut.

Plan Your Garden

Refer to your gardening notes from earlier years while preparing this year\'s seed and plant purchases. Your garden records will help you determine which varieties have consistently performed and yielded well for you, which ones resulted in the earliest and best-tasting vegetables or prettiest blooms, and which were better left at the nursery.

Plan a Theme Garden

When planning this year\'s flower garden, why not consider a theme to help focus your efforts? For example, plants designed specifically to attract butterflies and feed their larvae, a garden filled with fragrant plants, or a bed of a single color can add an exciting new dimension to your garden.


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