January Gardening Tips

January Gardening Tips

Not sure what to do in your yard this time of year? Check out our tips! By Justin Hancock
By Justin Hancock

Not sure what to do in your yard this time of year? Check out our tips!


Rex BegoniaGrow Houseplants.

Now that the holidays have passed, it’s a great time to add houseplants. They remove harmful VOCs from the air, cleaning and purifying your home. National Houseplant Appreciation Day, January 10th, is the perfect time to add one (or more) to your collection!

Clean Houseplants.

Rinse your houseplants in the sink or shower using room-temperature water to keep them looking beautiful, to remove dust, and help keep pests at bay. 
Learn more: Houseplant Basics 

In the South

Enjoy Cool-Season Color.

In mild-winter areas, you can plant or replace cool-weather annuals such as kale, pansies, and snapdragons for beautiful color through the rest of the winter. If temperatures are predicted to drop below 22F (-5C) or so, cover annuals with a sheet or blanket to give them an extra bit of protection. Move container gardens into a shed or garage overnight to keep them looking their best. 

Improve Your Soil.

Get garden beds and borders ready by topdressing the soil with an inch or two of compost. Compost helps your soil hold moisture and nutrients better during times of drought, helps your soil drain better in extended rainy periods, and encourages beneficial microorganisms that give your garden plants a boost. 

Get Your Tools Ready.

Take a few minutes one day and prep your tools so they’re ready for the spring season. Sharpen the edges of your shovels (you won’t believe how much easier it makes digging) and pruning shears; oil moving parts of pruning shears and other tools. 

In the North

Get Planning.

January is an ideal time to plan your landscape and garden. If you have a garden journal, go back and read through the highlights and challenges of the year to brainstorm how you’ll make your yard even better this year. 
Learn More: How to Plan a Perennial Garden  

Prune Fruit Trees.

If you’re growing apples, peaches, pears, or other fruit trees, late January is a good time to shape them. Proper pruning keeps your trees healthier, looking better, and helps them produce higher-quality fruits.  

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