It is that time of year again and Peoria's Sustainable U is offering winter landscape tips.
Here are a few good things to know about landscaping in the winter.
• The average rainfall in December is 1 inch. The record was 4 inches in 1967.
• If vegetable gardening this winter, December is the month to plant seeds for Beets, Broccoli, Cauliflower and leafy greens.
• Protect young citrus tree trunks from frost with newspaper, cardboard, or fabric. Do not use plastic.
• If you cut off spent blooms it will help stimulate more flowers for a colorful winter landscape.
• Its easier to overwater to the point of damaging plants in the winter. Make sure the ground dries in between waterings. For more desert-adapted yards, one good deep watering may last the entire month.
• If the nighttime temperatures start reaching the lower 30s, make sure to cover or protect any sensitive plants.
• Fall and winter are the best times to sow wildflower seeds. Desert plants take this time to germinate and slowly grow in the winter to be ready to pop with color in early spring.
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