Keep a hose handy: Unless you are blessed with sustained rains this month, keep watering trees, shrubs, and perennials. All may look fine above the soil line, but the fastest way to condemn a plant to the compost pile is to let it those roots dry out. Aim for about one inch of water per week.
Get Smart: Check your local garden center for classes which begin in earnest this month.
Lay it on Thick: Winter is an ideal time to apply mulch as it helps to keep soil moist and begins to break down adding nutrients to the soil. 2 – 3 inches is about right.