Gardening Tasks for the Month of January

Get Digging, Mulching and Pruning to Prepare for the Year Ahead!
By Gina LiVorio Posted on 1/15/2019

Especially in climates with cold winters, January can feel like a month to put gardening tasks on hold. When that snow is coming down outside, it might seem futile to get your snow suit on and start gardening. However, while you won’t be putting in the same effort in January as you would during the height of gardening season, there are still tasks to be done to make your garden the best it can be all throughout the year.

The month of January is the perfect month for planning and reevaluating your garden design. Curl up next to a cozy fire and jot some ideas down while the snow falls outside, and by the time the weather clears up, you’ll be ready to implement those ideas.

Below are some gardening task suggestions for the month of January. There’s always something to be done, whether it’s pruning, maintaining, cleaning up or even brainstorming.

  • Prune dormant trees and shrubs
  • Recycle Christmas tree to use as mulch
  • Order new seeds
  • Winter digging
  • Maintain garden tools
  • Plant trees and shrubs while they’re still dormant
  • Hang bird feeders to attract birds who will eat garden pests
  • Avoid walking on frozen grass
  • Test soil to see if it needs enhancements
  • Brush off snow from tree branches, hedges
  • Plan for next season!

Check out our 5 Techniques for Managing Frost and How to Best Prepare Your Garden for Winter for more tips on win

ter gardening. Remember, gardening tasks can be down all year round and should never be left to fall by the wayside. Exchanging gardening tips with your gardening friends is another way to stay on top of a healthy garden all throughout the year.

Get digging, mulching and pruning to prepare for the year ahead!

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