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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!

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Protect Plants from Frost - Be prepared to protect sensitive plants from frost. Have frost blankets or other coverings ready to use on cold nights.

  7. Watering - Water your plants if there is a prolonged dry period. Even in winter, plants need moisture, especially evergreens..

  8. 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.

  9. Winter Mulching - Apply a layer of mulch around perennial plants to help insulate the soil, retain moisture, and protect plant roots from temperature fluctuations.

  10. Tool Organization - Organize your gardening tools and supplies. Having everything in order makes it easier to start working when the growing season begins.


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