Each winter I find myself contemplating when to cut back plants so was pleased to come across this bit of info from Paramount Landscaping recently. With the winter upon us now is a good time to mark your calendar for when to cut back certain plants to ensure optimal growth come spring.
December: This is the time to plan for weed control. Apply pre-emergent herbicides to the rock and granite areas of your yard but be sure to give it a good watering or plan it to go down right before one of our rainy days. This is also the time to trim your Yucca & Red Spoons.
January: Cut back Sage, Oleander and Lantana.
February: cut back Bougainvilleas and Cassias.
As far as watering goes, for over-seeded lawns you only need to water it one to two times a week. If you have pop-ups, run them for about four minutes, rotor type heads run for six to eight minutes. If you have Bermuda grass you still need to water it every other week. While the grass may be dormant it still needs to have damp roots, otherwise they will dry out between now and spring.
Last year our bitterly cold winter wiped out a lot of plants. If you’re on top of the weather it’s possible to save those that can be easily covered with a sheet, lightweight blanket or towel on the coldest nights. Potted plants can be especially susceptible so think about covering those first.