January Gardening Tip

Planting Christmas tree:

jan1_lgIf you have bought a live Christmas tree with the intent of planting it outdoors after the holiday, there are some things of which you should be aware. Never leave the tree in the house longer then 7 to 10 days after Christmas. The longer the plant is in the warm house, the less likely the plant will survive outdoors. After removing the plant from the house, take it to an unheated garage or shelter for several days to help the plant acclimate to the cold weather. Keep the ball moist at all times, but do not allow the root ball to freeze since this will result in root damage. Dig the hole the right size for planting. Be sure to plant the tree at the right depth and water it in well. Apply a mulch layer of 3 to 4 inches out to the drip line of the tree to insulate the soil from extreme temperatures in order to prevent root damage. [Read more…]