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Winter Planting in December

The leaves are down and the holidays are coming! Now is a great time to perform routine winter maintenance tasks including pruning, mulching, and general yard cleanup. Winter mulching gives your plants extra insulation against the coldest months of the year, while also giving your yard a fresh neat look for winter visitors. Mulching in the winter is a good way to get a head start on next season’s yard work.

Winter is also a great time to prune trees and shrubs. Plants without their leaves show their structure, making it easier to see where to make the best cuts. For many plants winter is also the healthiest time to prune – many summer blooming plants as well as many varieties of conifers prefer to be pruned during dormancy.

Now that your garden has been refreshed, take a look around your property and identify areas that are looking good or lacking. Most gardeners shop for plants during spring, summer, and fall, which means that they tend to select plants based on flowering and summer foliage. While these are important garden features, it is also important to remember that your deciduous plants will be dormant for several months each year. Furthermore, there are evergreen plants available in a variety of colors from red to yellow to blue.

Even if you don’t have time to take on a planting project in the winter, consider photographing your property at this time to remember where you need additional evergreen coverage. Or, hire a professional to help add winter interest to your existing plantings. Contact Bright Leaf Landscaping at 919-475-1015 or fill out our online contact form. Design and installation are our expertise, and we are always happy to meet with new clients to discuss potential projects!