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Your yard is alive and well, even in the months of December, January, and February. Although these are typically the coldest months of the year for our climate zones 7 and 8, there are ways to stay connected with your yard during December, Januray, and February. Many of us want to know what to do to care for our lawn during the winter months. Now that the new year (2013) is here, we have a lot of things on our "to-do" lists (or "honey-do" lists). There are so many resolutions to fulfill! If your yard, lawn, or landscape is a priority for you in 2013, there are a lot of things you can do starting now (*yes, even in January!) to help your efforts later on in the year when the growing season is more active here in the Columbia, Charleston, and Myrtle Beach areas of South Carolina, and coastal areas of North Carolina.

The first thing you can do for your yard now that it is 2013 is to PLAN. That's right. Planning is a good thing if you are the most organized person on the planet or if you are the least organized person on the planet. In other words, planning never hurt anyone.  And your plan for your landscape in 2013 can be elaborate or very simple. I suggest you take small steps. Your plan could be something as simple as jotting down one thing you would like to do each week in your yard or for your landscape from now until the last Saturday of February. Seriously, GET OUT A CALENDAR AND WRITE IT DOWN. Take out your smartphone and set up a recurring alert every Saturday for something involving the outside space that is your lawn. There is just something about March... when the month of March arrives, we all get spring fever. So plan NOW to be ready when your spring fever hits.
  • This Saturday, you could order that great book on landscape plants of the Southeast.
  • Next Saturday, go to the planting section of the library and peruse the shelves.
  • The Saturday after that, take a trip to the local hardware store, get a can of landscape paint & "create" some new planting beds.... you know, the beautiful landscape beds you have pictured in your mind. Use that spray!
  • The Saturday after that, look into the idea of planting some bulbs to give yourself some early spring color. 

You get the idea... with those few simple ideas from above, we already have a landscaping plan for the whole month of January!