GARDENING TIPS

SHARING OUR LOVE OF NATURE

Share these generic gardening and conservation tips with your readers as monthly features of your online or print publications - or publish an entire list to minimize your monthly updates. Better yet, look for tips that are specific to your locale on the websites of local nurseries and garden bloggers... or ask the gardening experts in your club to create a list based on their own experiences. Whatever your source, this type of information will be a great way to communicate your gardening love, knowledge and expertise to other garden club members, prospective members and the public.

Monthly Gardening Guide

JANUARY

Prune deciduous (leaf-dropping) trees and shrubs to remove dead or broken branches EXCEPT for spring bloomers (so you don't remove flower buds).

FEBRUARY 

Watch for bulbs that emerge early and cover them at night with a plastic trash bag to keep off the frost.

MARCH

Obtain a soil test so you can properly prepare your beds and lawn for the growing season.

APRIL

Cut back all ornamental grasses to 6-12" if you haven't already done this. 

MAY

Plant perennials, deadhead spring bulbs as they fade (but don't remove the foliage), and start planting summer annuals.

JUNE

Weed regularly so they don't go to seed and steal valuable resources from the soil. Water lawn deep (but not often) to encourage strong roots.

JULY

Deadhead spent flowers on your plants to preserve energy for producing new blossoms. Keep annuals watered daily during hot dry weather.

AUGUST

Fertilize your flowers and perennials and prune your flowering shrubbery and trees now.

SEPTEMBER

Watch for fall specials at your favorite garden center. Choose from mums, ornamental cabbage, snapdragons, or dusty miller that thrive in cool temperatures. 

OCTOBER

Take tropical water garden plants indoors when temperatures near 50 degrees. Cover water gardens with bird netting to catch dropping leaves.

NOVEMBER

Fertilize cool season grasses like fescue, for example, and continue to remove leaves from the lawn so they don't damage the foliage.

DECEMBER

Use cuttings from your evergreens to make holiday decorations. If you decorate a live tree, remember to make a fresh cut to the trunk before placing it in the stand, and replenish the water often so your tree does not dry out.

Seasonal Conservation Tips

JANUARY

Use plant-friendly and pet-friendly de-icing products on your sidewalks rather than chemicals.

FEBRUARY

Use email and other digital communication resources rather than paper to avoid depletion of trees.

MARCH

Check the condition of your sprinkler system, hoses and soaker hoses so you can repair or replace them now and avoid leaks that waste water during the spring and summer growing season.

APRIL 

Take care to apply fertilizer correctly so run-off doesn't pollute nearby bodies of water.

MAY

Incorporate rain gardens, bioswales, rock dams, and rain gardens into your landscaping to help manage rain water runoff.

JUNE

Use low-angle sprinklers on your lawn to minimize evaporation of water. Use soaker hoses in your shrub and flower beds for the same reason.

JULY

Minimize the use of pesticides that can harm birds, butterflies and beneficial insects. 

AUGUST

Water your lawn deeply (4-6 inches), but not frequently, to minimize the risk of fungi. 

SEPTEMBER

Reduce energy costs by planting trees now to help shade and cool your home in summer. Choose deciduous trees that allow you to enjoy warmth from the sun during winter months.

OCTOBER

Remove leaves from your lawn and add them to your compost pile or spread them in your plant beds to mulch your perennials and shrubs. 

NOVEMBER

Plant your spring-blooming bulbs now, if you haven't already, and consider expanding your collection of perennials to reduce the size of your lawn.

DECEMBER

Use LED holiday light strings to reduce the cost of decorating your home for the holidays. If your holiday gifts include new electronics, recycle your current ones rather than discarding them.

 

BONUS - Additional content for your garden club publications 

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