Beware the Pogonip in December!

The word pogonip refers to an uncommon occurrence-frozen fog. The word was coined by Native Americans to describe the frozen fogs of fine ice needles that occur in the mountain valleys of the western United States and Canada. According to their tradition, breathing the fog is injurious to the lungs.
What is also injurious – to lawns, trees, and shrubs, is the lack of snow cover and moisture, especially south and west exposures. Remember, during these conditions check at least once per month in the winter. You will need to hook up your watering hose, apply a sufficient amount of water, use a deep root watering device if necessary, and you must unhook and store the hose when finished. Do not leave the hose attached to the spigot. This may seem like a lot of work, but the time and effort will make for a healthier landscape in the spring.
Some other December pointers:
• Poinsettias perform best in bright, cool locations away from drafts.
• Keep the reservoir in your Christmas tree stand full at all times. Place a couple of
fishing bobbers or brightly colored ping pong balls in the stand so you can monitor the
water level with ease. Think of the tree as a large cut flower which will continue to pull
water up through its trunk.
• Used Christmas tree greens make good mulch to replenish mulch that may have blown
away during the season. Wreaths can be placed directly over perennials and roses.
• Consult the local birding society or wild bird store for the proper care of the birds in
your area.
• Keep an eye out for fruit flies congregating around overripe fruit.
• Indian meal moth adults are most common in homes during the early winter season.
Check stored food products to find their source.