William "Bill" Doty

Putting Planting and Pruning Plans to Action

It’s hard to believe that we have already reached our final gardening tips for the year. If you have kept up with our suggestions and properly cared for your lawn and garden throughout the year, they should be looking nice and healthy. Here are just a few more tips to ensure your outdoor areas look great into the new year.

Make sure you plant hearty vegetables, dormant trees, and shrubs now to enable good root development when spring arrives. Also, prune trees and shrubs when they are most dormant. This applies to rose bushes, peach trees, grape vines, and crape myrtles. These plants won’t produce properly if they are not pruned back at their most inactive period of December or January.

December is usually very dry. Don’t forget to provide adequate moisture to your plants, especially those that are budding. For your indoor plants, however, it’s important not to overwater. Your vegetable and annuals also should be lightly fertilized every two weeks this time of year.

Don’t forget to stop by and pick out that perfect garden gift! Everyone here at Doty Farm and Garden Supply hopes you and your family have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


column by WILLIAM R. “BILL” DOTY

BIO: William R. “Bill” Doty is the owner of Doty Farm and Garden Supply Inc in Winter Haven. Founded in 1954, Doty Farm and Garden Supply, Inc. has been there for every one of their loyal customer’s budding needs. Bill graduated from Winter Haven High School and then Florida State University, where he learned invaluable lessons in listening, asking questions, and reading anything related to the family business. Bill shares his knowledge with his customers’ daily and the readers of Central Florida Ag News each month.

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