WINTER 2016/2017
Love Your Yard Every Season
Greetings on the shortest day of the year! For the landscape, winter is a great time to tidy up, Winter is also a time to focus on the beauty of the season. Many trees and shrubs have berries they hold onto during winter, and those can provide food for birds overwintering in our area.

Most leaves are down and are being removed from your turf and beds. We are also scheduling pine needle and hardwood mulch applications for January and February.  Mulch will increase the soil temperatures around your plants by at least 10 degrees. Mulching also helps conserve soil moisture, reduce soil temperature fluctuations, and suppress weed seed germination. Popular mulches include pine needles, pine bark, and shredded pine or double hammered hardwood. If you are interested in this service and not currently on list, contact    or call 704-335-3775.

In January, we place orders for spring annual flowers. Orders must be placed early with our vendors to guarantee plant selection and quantities. A flower notice will arrive after the holidays so we hope you will have more time to sit back and relax while reviewing your choices.

Cold temperatures certainly reduce the desire to garden, but don't completely abandon your plants. Many trees, evergreens and newly planted shrubs still require a little extra water in the winter months. Evergreens such as Rhododendron will curl in response to cold, but that doesn't necessarily reflect a lack of water! If the soil looks dry and feels dry, do your plants a favor and water.
The Charlotte area is predicted to see below average snow this winter and near normal temperatures. That means that we will have to wait and see. Some February garden tasks, though, can be predicted:
  • Deciduous shrubs and trees are still dormant enough to transplant this month. Once the buds have begun to swell, it will be too late. Mid to late February is the time to fertilize shrubs and evergreens.
  • In the event of snow, be sure to shake or brush off the white stuff from the branches of your evergreens and shrubs.
  • Plant Daylilies, Bleeding Hearts, and Hostas this month.
  • Deciduous vines such as Honeysuckle should be pruned for shape.
  • Most perennials can be divided and moved up until the time they begin to show new growth.
  • Check your over-wintered plants such as Fuchsias and Geraniums and, if they are shriveled, water them lightly.
  • Stored summer flowering bulbs may try to start into growth if they are subjected to heat.They should be kept very dry, and stored at 45° F. If they are shriveling, put them into slightly damp peat moss, but keep them cool!
There are plenty of landscape projects to enjoy during the winter months. Cold weather can take a toll on gardens and tender plants.  Protecting plants can be as simple as a layer of mulch 
to  provide  vital insulation. You can add color to your winter landscape using container plantings. Though your garden may be dormant, there are a few basic steps to follow until spring arrives.
Our office will be closed on Monday, December 26th.
We will also celebrate the New Year on Monday, January 2, 2017.
Please email should you have a special need.

 We wish you a very Happy New Year!

Winter Solstice Wednesday, December 21, 2016 5:44 a.m.
Through January 1, 2017
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
6500 S. New Hope Rd. Belmont, NC 28012

January - March
248 Ridgewood Ave. Charlotte NC 28209

9090 Craver Rd, Charlotte, NC 28262
January - March
Winter Garden Delights
Valentines Orchid Sale
Winter Walk

The Park Expo and Conference Center, Charlotte NC
February 24 - 26, 2017  AND  March 3 - 5, 2017

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