Use a pre-emergent on your grass to prevent weeds from coming up in the Spring.
Plan now for the plants that need protection from the extreme cold. Make sure you have enough supplies such as blankets, plastic and tarps.
Weeds will continue to grow in the Winter. One defense is to keep the soil in your flower beds covered with 2-3 inches of mulch.
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Both evergreen and deciduous plants may be pruned now, including most hedges, shrubs such as oleander, vitex, althea and abelia.
The best time to trim most trees is in the winter. Pruning trees now encourages better growth on existing branches when it warms up.
Do not prune any flowering trees or shrubs that are blooming now or will bloom before May, including Japanese magnolia, silver bell, Taiwan flowering cherry, redbud, azalea, Indian hawthorn, spirea, banana shrub, wisteria and camellia.
Flowers to plant now include: allysum, foxglove, pansies phlox, snapdragons and viola
Vegetables you can plant through February:
beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, collards, lettuce, mustard, onions radish, rutabaga, shallots and turnips
Planting a tree now will give it time to adjust to the climate more easily than being planted when it is hot.
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