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Things to do in December

Purchase poinsettias early in the month.

Continue to plant Winter vegetables.

Cut off flower spikes that have bloomed from dwarf foxgloves and delphiniums.

Don’t prune your indoor tropicals.

Prune grapes, low-chill raspberries, and native plants.

Prune wisteria by cutting off unwanted long twiners.

Prune roots of vines that fail to bloom.

Mow cool-season lawns, including Bermuda that’s overseeded with Winter ryegrass. Do not mow warm-season lawns, except St. Augustine (if it continues to grow).

Continue fertilizing cymbidiums until flowers open.

Feed cool-season flowers with a complete fertilizer for growth and bloom.

Feed shade plants for bloom; give adequate light.

Feed cool-season lawns, but don’t feed warm-season lawns (except for Bermuda that’s overseeded with Winter ryegrass).

Don’t water succulents growing in the ground.

Keep cymbidiums damp but not soggy.

Remember to keep all bulbs, especially potted ones, well watered.

Water dichondra if rains aren’t adequate.

Turn off the irrigation systems of all other types of warm-season lawns once they have gone brown.

Spray peach and apricot trees for peach leaf curl if you didn’t do so in November.

Protect cymbidiums’ bloom spikes from snails.

Control rust on cool-season lawns by fertilizing and mowing them.

Control aphids with insecticidal soap and beneficial insects.

Prepare beds for planting bare-root roses next month.