Garden Jobs in January
January is a month of rest for plants. And we get rest from our daily gardening jobs as well. In this period of time just checking if your plantings are doing well would be enough. How to do it right and what else must be kept in mind? You will find it out from today’s post.
Trees and shrubs
If your garden features coniferous shrubs, their conical shapes must be kept tied up with ropes.
Shake the snow off the tree crowns to prevent their deformation and cracking.
Fruit tree trunks must be limed, but if you failed to do that in autumn, use straw and cardboard to protect the trees from rodents and direct sunlight.
In January it’s also possible to trim the hedges, shape your yews, arborvitae and some sorts of false cypresses.
In January it’s recommendable to check the coverings of herbaceous plants. If severe frosts are forecast, it’s worth taking care about an additional protective layer.
Plants overwintering in cool places
Don’t forget about the potted plants you placed in a cool place to overwinter (geranium, fuchsia, oleander, datura and etc.). As a rule, they need infrequent watering, but you should prevent the soil from drying out completely.
Also, check the plantings for pests and if there is any suspicion – use plant protective chemicals to correct the problem before spring.
If your garden may boast a pond, try to avoid its complete freezing. For this purpose a special buoy with an air inlet can be installed. And if the ice has already covered your pond, it’s recommended that some water be pumped out to create an “air cushion” of about 5 cm. under the ice.
Compost bin can be filled with organic wastes in January as well. But if heavy frosts are expected to come, it would be nice to cover it with straw to support the process of organic matter conversion.
If you had no time to do this beforehand, clean your garden tools in January and keep them in a dry place.
Also, you can do the so-called inventory and buy the missing tools now, before the gardening season starts.
Probably, your outdoor furniture demands fixing or painting – find a free January afternoon to take care about that.
Remember the birds
If you feed birds in wintertime, they’ll easily adapt themselves to your garden and will absolutely keep visiting it in spring. Also, there’s a chance that they’ll choose your garden for making a nest and bearing descendants. As a result, they’ll facilitate your efforts to combat pests by eating enormous quantities of insects, their eggs and larvae.