- In the Veggie Garden: Compost with premium compost
- Plant another round of brassica species
- In the Lawn: aeration, compost, and brown patch prevention
- Cover Crops
- Plant Trees and hardy shrubs. It’s the best time of the year to do so.
- Mulch flower beds and trees. Mulch volcanoes are bad, mulch donuts are good. No cypress mulch, use aged double ground native hardwood mulch.
- Have Frost Cloth Handy: No lollipops. Drape the ground to trap heat.
After First Hard Freeze:
- Cut back perennials that die to the ground such as salvias, esperanza, pride of Barbados, and lantana.
- Don’t cut back: roses or woody perennials (salvia greggii) and evergreens. Wait until mid-February
- This is the perfect time of the year to trim any major branches in trees.
January and Beyond:
- Spray Fruit Trees with Dormant Oil
- Start warm season vegetables from seed such as tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant.
- Start cool season vegetables from seed to plant in stages. Provide a bottom heat source.
When it’s cold and you have Nothing Better to Do:
- Repot your houseplants
- Buy a blooming orchid
- Get your soil tested
- Sterilize, sharpen, and oil your cutting tools and shovels
- Repot or make Bonsai trees