Plants To Watch For In January:

Our RightPlantz January Garden Guide:

  • Prune rose bushes down to 24”-30” now while they are dormant. They can be pruned down further closer to spring. Cut back to just above a bud and remove any crossing or dead branches.
  • Prune your Wisteria plant now, cutting back summer side-shoots to 2 or 3 buds.
  • Check outdoor plants for animal damage. Protect them with some type of covering such as wire fencing or burlap.
  • If ornamental grasses are looking tattered, cut back the old foliage to near ground level before new growth begins.
  • Cut back any stems of perennials such as Sedum or Echinacea.
  • Remove Helleborus leaves. This will make new flowers more visible when they emerge.
  • While you’re waiting for the weather to warm up, try growing your own mushrooms using one of our mushroom kits indoors.
  • Start sprouting early potatoes – stand them on end in a module tray or egg box and place in a bright cool frost-free place.
  • Begin pruning your apple trees and pear trees if you haven’t done so already – this is best done while they are dormant.
  • Order fruit bushes now and plant in a well prepared bed in a sheltered position; they will be a lot tastier than grocery store produce!
  • If there are some bare spots in your lawn, try putting down some seed and straw. You will be surprised how much of it will germinate even in colder seasons.
  • Plant Amaryllis bulbs in pots now for stunning indoor flowers in early spring.
  • Brush heavy snow of off hedges and conifers to prevent the branches from snapping out under its weight.
  • Feed the birds and provide them with some unfrozen water. While you’re at it, toss out some corn or peanuts for the squirrels, too.
  • Get rid of slimy patches on the patio and paving by scrubbing with a broom or blasting with a pressure washer.
  • Order your seeds now. Have a garden plan drawn up to help decide the quantities you need.
  • Plan your vegetable plot for this year to ensure good crop rotation and prevent pests and diseases building up in the soil.

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