and tree growth slows to a crawl or stops completely in January in Southern
California gardens. Gardeners can take this opportunity to prune and plant, say
experts at Agromin, an Oxnard-based manufacturer of earth-friendly soil
products made from organic material collected from more than 50 California
Your Living Christmas Tree: Your living Christmas tree needs to be moved
outdoors as soon as the holidays are over to increase their chances of
survival. Find a location that can accommodate root growth, an abundance of needle
droppings and a tree that can easily reach 20 to 30 feet in height.
Plant Shrubs: January
is a good time to plant shrubs. First, dig a hole that is twice as wide as the root
ball. The depth of the hole should be no deeper than the roots. If planting in
heavy clay soil, dig a hole that is even larger so the surrounding soil is
loose enough to enable roots to spread out. Add soil and amendments and pat
down with your foot. Once the shrub is in place, add three to four inches of mulch
from the base out to the drip line to hold in moisture and keep weeds from
sprouting. Make sure you don't allow the mulch to touch the trunk. To find the
best shrubs to plant for your area, visit your local nursery.
Plant and Prune Grape Vines: Bare-root grape vines can be planted in January. The best
grape variety to plant depends on the microclimate in which you live. Thompson
Seedless and Emperor do best in hotter inland valleys. Concord and Perlette do
well in milder climates. For existing grape vines, prune in winter to produce
an abundance of fruit during summer.
and Prune Bare Root Fruit, Rose and Nut Trees: Plenty of bare root trees are available at nurseries.
These include apple, nectarine, plum, fig, almond, walnut and a variety of rose
trees. Buying bare root trees in winter cost a lot less than buying full leafy
trees in spring.
existing trees may need pruning. Remove branches to open the center of the tree
to let in light. Remove any damaged branches and trim overgrowth. Be sure not
to over trim as this will spur branch and leaf growth and less fruit come
Plant More Winter Vegetables: You can plant more winter vegetables now, especially
lettuce and other leafy greens. Beets, carrots and radishes also do well when
planted in January.
Recycle Your Cut Christmas Tree: Many cities offer curbside Christmas tree collection
during the two weeks following Christmas. Remove all ornaments, lights and
tinsel, saw the tree in half and place the tree in your green materials
recycling barrel. If you live in a city without curbside tree recycling, check
with your waste collector for a drop off location. Christmas trees are ground
up and recycled into mulch that is then used in home and business landscaping.
more gardening tips, go to www.agromin.com.
manufactures earth-friendly soil products for farmers, landscapers and
gardeners. Agromin is also the organics recycler for over 50 California cities.
Each month, Agromin receives more than 30,000 tons of organic material and then
uses a safe, natural and sustainable process to transform the material into
premium soil products. The results are more vigorous and healthier plants and
gardens, and on the conservation side, the opportunity to close the recycling
circle, allow more room in landfills and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
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