While January is typically a cold and bleak month, there are still things you can do on the milder days to ensure a healthier garden this spring and summer. Feel free to reach out to us for any help and feedback!
Garden Cleanup - take advantage of milder days to clean up any debris, dead plants, or fallen leaves in the garden. This helps to prevent the buildup of pests and disease.
Pruning - Prune deciduous trees and shrubs while they are dormant. Remove dead or damaged branches and shape the plants as needed. Avoid heavy pruning of spring-blooming plants until after they flower.
Inspect Garden Tools - Check and clean your garden tools. Sharpen blades, oil moving parts, and make any necessary repairs. Having well-maintained tools will make your work easier in the coming months.
Plan for the Year - Use January to plan your garden for the upcoming year. Consider crop rotation, choose new plants, and plan any changes to your garden layout.
Soil Testing - Perform a soil test to determine the nutrient levels in your garden soil. This information will guide your fertilization plan for the upcoming growing season.
Protect Plants from Frost - Be prepared to protect sensitive plants from frost. Have frost blankets or other coverings ready to use on cold nights.
Watering - Water your plants if there is a prolonged dry period. Even in winter, plants need moisture, especially evergreens..
Inspect for Pests - Take the time to inspect plants for signs of pests, such as egg masses, larvae, or chewed leaves. Address pest issues promptly.
Winter Mulching - Apply a layer of mulch around perennial plants to help insulate the soil, retain moisture, and protect plant roots from temperature fluctuations.
Tool Organization - Organize your gardening tools and supplies. Having everything in order makes it easier to start working when the growing season begins.