If you think there’s no reason to visit the garden center this January, you might be surprised by this month’s calendar of gardening tasks.
You don’t have to hibernate indoors, just because we’re in the middle of winter. On those days when the weather cooperates, you can give your outdoor plants, shrubs and landscaping trees the tender loving care they need for a healthy, beautiful yard this spring.
Recycle Your Christmas Tree In the Garden
Instead of putting your Christmas tree on the curb, why not put it to use in your garden? Cut off branches and lay them over perennial plants to protect them against the cold. You can also turn your tree into nutrient-rich mulch or use slices of the trunk as garden bed edges.
Check Your Outdoor Plants for Growth
Warm winter temperatures can trick your outdoor plants into thinking spring has arrived. If any begin to sprout early, garden center experts recommend laying down a thick layer of mulch for protection.
Shake Heavy Snow off Your Outdoor Plants
Light, fluffy snow doesn’t pose a threat to your shrubs, evergreen landscaping trees and outdoor plants. But, if it freezes, the weight dramatically increases, which can cause damage. To avoid this, brush or shake off any heavy snow.
Prune Your Shrubs and Landscaping Trees
Do you have any summer-flowering landscaping trees and shrubs? Pruning is an essential January gardening task to ensure strong, beautiful growth in the spring.
Feed the Birds
With the snow and frozen ground, birds may have a hard time finding food. Help them out by picking up a bird feeder and birdseed at your local garden center. And don’t forget to provide your fine-feathered friends with some unfrozen water!
Start Seeds Indoors
Starting seeds indoors is a fun and rewarding January gardening task, and Millcreek Gardens has everything you need to get started. Once spring arrives in Northern Utah, you will have a variety of healthy, young plants ready for transplant into your garden.
Replenish Your Gardening Supplies
Take an inventory of your gardening supplies in January. Do you need any new tools? More fertilizer or mulch? New garden bed edges? Now’s the perfect time to replenish your supplies, before the spring planting season arrives.
Sharpen Your Gardening Tools
While you’re checking out your gardening supplies, examine the blades of your tools. If your pruners and shears need to be sharpened — which is likely if they get a lot of heavy use last year – add this chore to your list of January gardening tasks.
Rework Your Garden Design
January is the perfect time to plan the coming year’s garden design. Think about your landscaping goals and talk to the professionals at your local garden center to figure out how to bring your vision to life.
If you have questions about any of these January gardening tasks, head to Millcreek Gardens for some expert advice.
The friendly Millcreek Gardens staff can address all of your gardening questions and concerns and put you on the road toward a gorgeous, healthy landscape this spring. To learn more, stop in our Salt Lake City garden center today.