14 Garden Tasks to Accomplish in January
Welcome to a new year! The holiday festivities are done, houses are tidied and decorations stored away (well, almost). January is the perfect month to get focused back on those garden to-dos and start planning for spring. It will be here before you know it! Ready to go?
Here are 14 recommended January garden tasks:
· Recycle your discarded (real) Christmas tree in your garden. Either have it shredded and added to your compost pile, or cut off the branches to use as protection over your garden beds if you reside in the coldest growing zones.
· It’s not too late to force indoor bulbs such as paperwhites, amaryllis, tulips and more. Check out this excellent article on the Craftsy site, explaining which ones are ideal and offering excellent how tos.
· Finish up your seed orders. Late orders may result in substitutions of your original ordered items.
· Organize seeds left over from last planting season. Get rid of any that are outdated. Draw up your garden plan for the next planting season.
· It’s a good time to start seeds indoors for any plants you’ll want to put out in early spring. Set up grow lights in an out of the way area.
· Take a look at any stored bulbs for rot or drying out.
· This is a good time to order Clematis plants to set in the ground when spring arrives.
· Also order your fuchsia starts from your favorite provider to be assured you get your favorite variety!
· Keep your bird feeders stocked with goodies for your wildlife neighbors. Refill your birdbaths or other watering holes for them as well.
· Remove any heavy layers of snow that accumulate on your shrubs to protect them from breaking or bending in unfortunate ways.
· In areas without snow, remove the older leaves on your hellebores so the new blooms are the focus as they arrive in late February.
· Keep watering your evergreen shrubs and smaller trees during dry stretches.
· In growing zones that are generally above freezing, you can select bare root trees now at many nurseries. You’ll find great savings this time of year! Be sure and soak the root ball prior to planting, and afterward cut back branches by at least 1/3rd to encourage better root and branch development.
· This is also a great time to clean up and sharpen your garden tools (if you didn’t do this in the fall). Clean, sharpen, oil and store in a bucket filled with horticultural sand with a few quarts of motor oil mixed in. This will help keep the edges sharp and the blades from rusting.
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