January Lawn & Garden Tips
In the Garden
- Plant & Transplant: Trees and non-blooming shrubs can be easily planted and transplanted now so they can develop their root system before the Southern summer heat arrives. Wait for a warm day when the ground is not frozen or overly wet.
- Protect Plants for the Cold. If a freeze is expected, make sure that the soil around all outdoor plants has been watered well. Plants in containers can be grouped close together on a porch or patio, or moved to a protected area. Be sure tender plants, such as pansy beds or emerging bulb foliage, are mulched well with pine straw or bark.
- Time to Prune. Now is good time to prune overgrown trees and shrubs. Do not prune spring flowering trees and shrubs like dogwoods, flowering cherries and azaleas. Wait until after they bloom to prune them.
- Color in Your Garden. Plant pansies, violas, hellebores, camellias, witch hazel and more for winter garden blooms.
In the House
- Good Bye Christmas. It’s time to take down the Christmas tree and decorations. Fill the void with houseplants.
- Fill in with Houseplants. Foliage and flowering houseplants add some much needed winter color to your indoor space while cleaning the air.
- Turn your Plants: Turn houseplants half way so they don’t grow too much toward the light.
For the Lawn
- Mower Maintenance. Now is a good time to clean and maintain your lawn mower and other gardening equipment.
For the Birds
- Feed the Birds. Food sources are scarce at this time of year. Besides seed, suet cakes will attract many birds and provide the calories they need to maintain their body heat.
- Keep Birdbaths Full. The birds are counting on you for fresh water, not frozen. Add a water wiggler to birdbaths to prevent the water from freezing.
- Read more about winter birding in our Birding Guide