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Southern Plains Regional Reports

Southern Plains: December Garden To-Do List

Plant spring-flowring bulbs, like this ‘Marisco’ crinum lily (Crinum ‘Marisco’, Zones 7–10). Photo: Karen Beaty

December is a good time to plant spring-flowering bulbs, which have probably been in stores since September (you can buy them early and store them in your fridge until you’re ready to plant them).

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Decide which of your trees need to be pruned. Photo: Karen Beaty

Trees and shrubs, including fruit trees, can be pruned now.

garden trellis
Consider putting a trellis on your holiday wish list, or constructing one yourself this winter. Photo: Steve Aitken

This is a great time to make a holiday wish list for your garden and even to work on some garden projects, such as building trellises or raised beds.

—Karen Beaty is a horticulturalist at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas.

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