Many of the plants in your landscape naturally go dormant during the winter months and use this time to rest and build up energy for the spring growing season. Now is a great time to reapply mulch 3-4 inches deep around trees, shrubs and other landscaping plants, including for those in pots or containers.

Mulch will insulate the plants during the colder temperatures and reduce water evaporation now and during the hotter summer months. Remember to keep mulch a few inches away from the trunk of trees or the main stem of plants as it can cause disease problems.

Speaking of mulch, did you know that you can recycle your live Christmas tree? Most Valley solid waste service providers have a Christmas Tree Recycling program. By recycling your Christmas tree, you are doing your part to reduce the amount of material in the landfill and help the environment by giving your holiday tree a second life as compost, mulch or wood chips. Remember, all ornaments, lights and stands must be removed. Make tree recycling a part of your post-holiday tradition. It is an easy way for you to “Go Green” with your Christmas tree.

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