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January Gardening Tips
The one thing we can't guarantee in January is the weather, but there's always something to do in the garden!
Read our Gardening Tips for January.
Shrubs & Trees
- Prevent damage by shaking snow off evergreens.
- Dead, diseased and untidy branches may be cut back on frost-free days.
- Recycle Christmas trees by shredding for mulch.
- Prune wisteria side shoots towards the end of the month.
- Sow seeds for annuals under heated glass.
- Check stored Dahlia, Begonia and Canna tubers for signs of mould.
- Check pots for water, it may be cold but it can still be dry.
- Dead head winter flowering plants.
- Prune container grown vines
- Remove net coverings so that the maximum amount of light can get to the water.
- If your pond freezes over, create an ice free hole. Putting a ball in the pond can prevent this.
- Try not to disturb pond water.
- Do not break any ice. It could cause shock waves that could harm any creatures sheltering below.
- Repair fences and supports.
- Clean and service the pond pump, if the pond is not frozen.
- Keep putting out food & water for hungry birds.
- Dig over any vacant plots that have not been dug already.
- Apply Mosskiller like Algon to hard surfaces to prevent slippery paths.
- Repair and re-shape lawn edges.
- When it snows, avoid repeatedly walking the same path across the lawn and compacting the snow.
Fruit & Vegetables
- Harvest winter cabbage, leeks and Jerusalem artichokes.
- New vegetable beds can be dug over. Leave the clods of earth to be broken up by the frosts.
- Start forcing rhubarb.
- Plan your vegetable crop rotations for the coming season.
- Prepare a polythene shelter for outdoor peaches and nectarines, to protect them from peach leaf curl.
- Seed potatoes are available to buy.
- Try not to walk on new lawns if frozen.
- During snow avoid walking the same path across a lawn and compacting the snow.