Winter

WINTER: Month by Month Gardening To-Do List

The Average…

  • first frost date for Collin County is November 15
  • last frost date is March 15
  • annual rainfall for Frisco, Texas is 39 inches
  • number of sunny days per year Frisco is 230
  • July high temperature is 96 degrees
  • January low temperature is 33 degrees

DECEMBER

PLANT: TREES! Fruit trees, shrubs and perennials can all be planted now! Now is also a good time to transplant trees, shrubs & perennials. Onion sets & seed potatoes should go in the ground towards the end of January.

PRUNE: Shrubs to shape if needed. Major trimming can be done now if needed. Watch our Events page for information on our pruning class in February where we give live demonstrations!

PESTS: Apply Dormant Oil on trees & shrubs to control scale. Spray pesky weeds in your dormant turf with vinegar & Orange Oil Solution on sunny, warm days.

FERTILIZE: Pansies every two weeks with blood meal. Use Superthive on any newly planted trees monthly.

WATER: Hand-water newly planted flowers and plants with a hose. Turn off your sprinkler! Only water if we get less than 1/2″ of rain every two weeks.

OTHER BITS & PIECES:

  • Feed the birds! Your feathered friends will appreciate the supplemental food source to help them survive the winter!
  • Mulch bare soil.
  • Put leaves in your compost pile.
  • Cover blooming pansies and color bowls with frost cloth during cold spells below 25 degrees.

JANUARY

PLANT: TREES! Fruit trees, shrubs and perennials can all be planted now! Now is also a good time to transplant trees, shrubs and perennials if they aren’t thriving in their current location. Onion sets and seed potatoes should go in the ground towards the end of January.

PRUNE: Shrubs to shape if needed. Major trimming can be done now if needed. Watch our Events page for information on our pruning class in February where we give live demonstrations!

PESTS: Apply Dormant Oil on trees & shrubs to control scale. Spray pesky weeds in your dormant turf with vinegar & Orange Oil Solution on sunny, warm days.

FERTILIZE: Pansies every two weeks with blood meal. Use Superthrive on any newly planted trees monthly.

WATER: Hand-water newly planted flowers/plants with hose. Turn off your sprinkler! Only water if we get less than 1/2″ of rain every two weeks.

OTHER BITS & PIECES:

  • Feed the birds! Your feathered friends will appreciate the supplemental food source to help them survive the winter!
  • Mulch bare soil.
  • Put leaves in your compost pile.
  • Cover blooming pansies and color bowls with frost cloth during cold spells below 25 degrees.

FEBRUARY

PLANT: Cool season annual color such as alyssum, snapdragons & dianthus. Plant perennials, shrubs and trees — from large shade trees to small ornamental trees. New arrivals include fruit trees – peach, pear, plum, apple, and more! Now is the time to move or transplant dormant trees and shrubs.

PRUNE: Finish dormant season pruning (major pruning) on trees and shrubs. Start cleaning up your perennials around Valentine’s Day. Download our How & When To Prune Perennials garden guide.

WEED PREVENTION: Mid to late February is the time to apply Corn Gluten Meal, or non-organic pre-emergent to inhibit weeds from developing from seed. Be ready to apply by February 15. This is a preventative measure, so it won’t cure existing weeds, but will prevent new ones from coming up.

FERTILIZE:

  • Late February (around the 17th – 28th) is the time to fertilize your entire yard with Texas Tee 6-2-4. Lawns, beds, vegetable gardens, shrubs and trees will all benefit. Check out our article How to Fertilize Your Tree.
  • Apply greensand, a natural source of iron, this month to ensure your plants with a much needed supply of iron. All your evergreens (hollies, magnolias, Live Oaks) will thank you! Follow up with another application in September.
  • Continue to apply blood meal, Colorstar, or Colorscapes on pansies and other annual color every two weeks for eye-popping color.

WATER: Leave the sprinkler controller in the OFF position. If we get at least 1/2″ of rain every two weeks, no watering is needed. Need help knowing when to water, sign up for the City of Frisco’s Waterwise Newsletter. It will tell you every Monday the amount of rain we received and if you need to water. Water conservation is a choice and it is up to us!

PESTS: Use Dormant Oil to control scale on Crape Myrtles, hollies, Live Oaks, and other plants. Remember the first step is to identify the pests, then use an appropriate control.

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