Although the weather in January is largely prohibitive of many gardening activities, you are not entirely left without things to do. Sure, you are hardly going to spend time doing your favourite gardening activities, but instead, you will be busy with some other specific chores.
Don’t overlook them, as they are all very important:
- Regeneration of plants – if you take a look around the garden, you may find some hedges with only a thin greenery layer on the domed top. It is hedge trimming that keeps the surface of shrubs in decent shape, but the woody stems harden and become thicker over time. Regeneration of hedges means pruning the old stems, or pruning back the branches so that new shoots can emerge in spring. How much you prune largely depends on the plant species and how much you pruned last year. One typical example of plants that much benefit from regeneration is rose.
- Tidying up the garden – strong winds and some storms are very likely in the winter. Good garden hygiene dictates that you keep the debris that these weather conditions leave behind. If you let leaves decompose on your pathways and around the place, you are essentially allowing weeds to feed and pester you in spring. Besides, this also leaves paths slippery. Stay on top of your tidy up duties.
- You can do some winter planting – a lot of plants enter dormancy during winter and are supplied with no soil. Roses are like that, and if you want to plant them, you can do so in January. All you have to do is dig up the area you want them in and then plant them. You can also dig them up and move them to another part of your garden. If the temperature is above 5 degrees, you can also plant lawn seeds.
- Digging up a new border – believe it or not, winter just might be the ideal time for a new border. You can even leave it in clumps, as the winter rains and storms will break it down naturally. It also leaves pests exposed to predators, which means less to worry about next season.
- Repair your landscape – one of the benefits of winter is that it allows you to see the bare garden bones. This means you can inspect the area and see what repairs are needed. Check out for loose paving, fence damage and leaky roof of the shed. By planning ahead, you can decide what plants in the garden are going to need support as well – staking, mulching, adding nutrients, etc.
- Clear out the snow – if there is heavy snowfall, you need to be on the task of clearing it out. If left on frail branches, it can snap them or cause various damage to the plant. Best to shake it with a broom or some other convenient tool.
Dealing with all of this in the winter is a necessary step in looking after your garden. Be sure to invest the time and effort.