Gardening Tips for January

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  • Continue harvesting winter vegetables such as brussel sprouts, leeks and parsnips.
  • Recycle Christmas trees by shredding them and adding them to the compost heap to create mulch.
  • Prune apple and pear trees. The ideal time to prune dormant trees is while there are no leaves, to make it clearer to see where you are pruning.
  • Remember to protect any newly planted trees by heavily mulching the base of the tree to protect the roots from getting cold and use a fleece fabric to wrap around the tree to stop cold winds and frost damaging it. Netting can also be used but you will have to build a framework around the tree to attach the netting to.
  • Check tree stakes are secure and not damaged from any winds. Replace any tree ties that are broken or worn.
  • As long as the ground isn’t frozen continue to plant bare-root trees and hedging.
  • During any snowy weather brush snow off shrubs, conifers and tree branches to stop the heavy snow damaging trees and plants.
  • Lawns can become waterlogged. If this is the case aerate your lawn with a garden fork and fill in the holes with a lawn soil to allow drainage.
  • Houseplants will require less watering while the days are shorter and there is less light. So reduce watering of houseplants and move them to a windowsill, but be careful of any drafts which can harm some houseplants.
  • Clean the guttering out your shed or greenhouse.
  • To keep control of pests and diseases ventilate greenhouses on brighter days. Dead-head plants to prevent mould and clean out pots/seed trays ready for seed sowing.
  • Keep paths algae free to prevent them from becoming slippery.
  • General maintenance, rake any leaves and debris in the garden and tidy planted pots by dead heading and removing fallen leaves.
  • Continue harvesting winter vegetables such as brussel sprouts, leeks and parsnips.
  • Recycle Christmas trees by shredding them and adding them to the compost heap to create mulch.
  • Prune apple and pear trees. The ideal time to prune dormant trees is while there are no leaves, to make it clearer to see where you are pruning.
  • Remember to protect any newly planted trees by heavily mulching the base of the tree to protect the roots from getting cold and use a fleece fabric to wrap around the tree to stop cold winds and frost damaging it. Netting can also be used but you will have to build a framework around the tree to attach the netting to.
  • Check tree stakes are secure and not damaged from any winds. Replace any tree ties that are broken or worn.
  • As long as the ground isn’t frozen continue to plant bare-root trees and hedging.
  • During any snowy weather brush snow off shrubs, conifers and tree branches to stop the heavy snow damaging trees and plants.
  • Lawns can become waterlogged. If this is the case aerate your lawn with a garden fork and fill in the holes with a lawn soil to allow drainage.
  • Houseplants will require less watering while the days are shorter and there is less light. So reduce watering of houseplants and move them to a windowsill, but be careful of any drafts which can harm some houseplants.
  • Clean the guttering out your shed or greenhouse.
  • To keep control of pests and diseases ventilate greenhouses on brighter days. Dead-head plants to prevent mould and clean out pots/seed trays ready for seed sowing.
  • Keep paths algae free to prevent them from becoming slippery.
  • General maintenance, rake any leaves and debris in the garden and tidy planted pots by dead heading and removing fallen leaves.

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