FEATURE — Though yards and gardens have been put to bed, there are still outdoor tasks to consider and holiday gardening gifts to give. Consider these ideas.

Use deicing compounds sparingly to avoid salt damage to landscape plants.
If natural precipitation is sparse and the ground is not frozen, water evergreen trees and shrubs to ensure they are well-hydrated heading into winter.
Purchase poinsettias to brighten your home. Learn how to care for them and keep them alive beyond the holidays.
Spruce up your holiday decorating with a wide variety of holiday plants. They offer color and texture to décor.
Learn about Christmas tree selection and care.
Shop for your gardener. Great holiday gifts include: books, pruners, gift certificates, gloves, a living wreath, pottery and yard ornaments.
Sign up to become a member of the USU-sponsored Botanical Gardens and receive discounts on classes and workshops, along with other benefits. Or, consider giving a gardening membership as a gift!

Written by JayDee Gunnell, Utah State University Extension horticulturist.

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