With holidays in full swing, Florida winter is upon us. The first day of winter is tomorrow, December 21. Take some time to review our winter water conservation tips as cool weather approaches.
A Poinsettia in the landscape.
If you are a part-time resident who has returned for the perfect Florida winter, here are some tips that may help refresh your landscape.
- Check your irrigation time clock. Make sure that the current time and start times are accurate. You will want to adjust your station run times to reflect the winter irrigation recommendations. After calibrating your sprinkler system, set the zones to water once every other week while the weather is cool. Your plants (and lawn) grow more slowly in the winter months and don't need as much irrigation. If you look for signs from your plants (wilting, folded leaf blades on grass) before you water.
- Mulch. Are there bare areas in your landscape? It's a good time to replenish the mulch in your landscape beds. It will help freshen-up your landscape and keep weeds down. Look for by-product or recycled mulches such as pine bark, pine straw, eucalyptus, melaleuca or oak leaves.
- If we do get a cold snap that causes some freeze damage to your plants, resist the urge to prune! The risk of freezing temperatures could be with us through February and the best time to prune freeze damaged plants is in March.
- If you are going to be doing any landscaping while you are in town, refer to the information that UF/IFAS Extension has to offer. Visit our demonstration gardens, read helpful literature, contact a Master Gardener or visit our website.