Winter

WINTER: Month by Month Gardening To-Do List

The average first frost date for Collin County is November 15. The average last frost date is March 15. Frisco, Texas gets and average of 39 inches of rain per year. On average, there are 230 sunny days per year in the city. The average July high is around 96 degrees. The average January low is 33 degrees.

DECEMBER

PLANT: TREES! Fruit Trees, Shrubs & 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 our Pruning Class in February. Live demonstrations on pruning!

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 w/ Bloodmeal. Use Superthive on any newly planted trees monthly.

WATER: Hand-water newly planted flowers/plants with hose. Turn off 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 N-Sulate frost cloth during cold spells below 25 degrees.

JANUARY

PLANT: TREES! Fruit Trees, Shrubs & 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 our Pruning Class in February. Live demonstrations on pruning!

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 w/ Bloodmeal. Use Super thive on any newly planted trees monthly.

WATER: Hand-water newly planted flowers/plants with hose. Turn off 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 N-Sulate frost cloth during cold spells below 25 degrees.

FEBRUARY

PLANT: Cool Season Annual Color such as Alyssum, Snapdragons & Dianthus. Plant Perennials, Shrubs & Trees, too! From large Shade Trees to small Ornamental Trees…you can plant them now! New arrivals include Fruit Trees — Peach, Pear, Plum, Apple & More! Now is the time to move or Transplant dormant Trees/Shrubs.

PRUNE: Finish dormant season pruning (major pruning) on trees & shrubs. Start cleaning up your perennials around Valentine’s Day. Need some guidance? Check out our handy guide in the Education Center or come to our Pruning Class happening THIS MONTH!

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. Have more questions: Come stop by the Nursery and our friendly staff can guide you to the most effective product for your lawn!

FERTILIZE:

  • Late February (around the 17th – 28th) is the time to fertilize your entire yard with Gardenville 7-2-2. 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 Bloodmeal, 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.