Snow in the northern part in the region, rain in the south (1) with fair and cold weather to follow (2,3,4,5). Heavy snow in the north, showers in the south (6,7,8); fair and cold again (9,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17) with more snow, mainly in the south (18,19); fair and much colder (20,21,22,23,24,25,26,27,28,29) with light snow (30).    




"Do not regard liberty and freedom so lightly that you forget its value and take it for granted”                                                                                                          John Gruber  (1768-1857) 



ven though lawns rest in winter, they still need all the winter sunlight they can get so don’t put away the rake until all of the leaves and pine needles have fallen and you can remove them. 

Keep mowing if your lawn is still growing. If you do have to do that one last mow, don’t bag those grass clippings. Instead, recycle them back onto the lawn. Contrary to what you might have heard, clippings will not become thatch (a spongy layer found between grass blades and roots). 

Keep all of your plants well-watered going into late fall and winter.  Pay particular attention to any plants or shrubs recently planted.  Plants that face winter dryness are prone to damage and dieback during the cooler months. The trick is to water deeply and less often in order to establish self-sufficient plants. 

Feed the birds in a fun, unique way by making a pinecone bird feeder. Just roll a large pine cone in peanut butter and birdseed. Hang the finished ‘ornament’ with rustic twine or ribbon in shrubs or on tree limbs close to windows for easy observation. Remember that once you start feeding them, don’t stop until natural food becomes available for them again next spring. Providing a source of fresh water is always desirable for our feathered friends, too!)

Use small stakes or markers where you've planted bulbs or late starting spring plants in the perennial garden, to avoid disturbing them when you begin spring soil preparation. If you feel that stakes don't fit your landscape style.... you might consider marking stones with fingernail polish or paint, and set them on the planting spot (painted side down). 

Drain your hoses and put them away so they don't freeze and burst. 

Continue to watch for insect, slug and snail, or disease damage throughout the garden.  Take the necessary steps to control the problem. 

As soon as the leaves fall from fruit trees, shade or flowering trees, raspberries and other deciduous plants, they can be sprayed for the first time with a dormant spray. This spraying helps control over-wintering insects and diseases. Apply according to label instructions.

Winter heating dries the air out in your home considerably. Help your house plants survive by misting them or placing the pots on a pebble filled tray of water to ensure adequate humidity and moisture. 

Pot up some spring flowering bulbs for indoor color during the winter. Store the pots in a cool, dark place, until new growth emerges from the soil, and then move them to a bright window.

Keep watering until the ground temperature reaches 40 degrees F. 

Now is the time to start those forced bulbs that were placed in a cool area in August or September. 

If you've decided to store your bulbs indoors for the winter, try storing them in a pail filled with sawdust after they have dried off from being in the ground. 

Take the time to organize, clean, and sharpen your garden tools. Keep them from underfoot, cleaned, and sharpened and they will be ready to go come Spring.