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Happy New Year! The start of another gardening year is here. Although your landscape is dormant and probably saturated from the December rains, there are several gardening tasks to perform in January. Here are a few things you should consider doing in your landscape this month:
- Recycle the leaves in your garden. Use your lawn mower to turn the leaves into mulch. Too often, we are quick to rake leaves, put them in bags and place them on the curb. Autumn leaves serve as nutrients for your lawn and flowerbeds and are useful in compost piles as a carbon source.
- Pinch and remove withered and cold-damaged pansy blooms. The plants will benefit from it.
- New trees and plants can still be planted this time of year as long as it is not too wet to work the soil. Remember to place a two- or three-inch layer of mulch around the base of the new plants.
- Keep a close eye on tropical plants (bananas) that you moved into storage for the winter. Check them for water. Don’t let them totally dry out. Please do not overwater them. This could lead to root rot. Remove any dead or dying foliage.
- Do not forget to water your indoor house plants. Low humidity in the home during the winter can cause them to dry out. Remember not to overwater them. Let them sit and drain and empty out the saucer.
- January is an ideal time to thumb through the seed catalogs that you received over the holidays. It is always fun to plan what to plant when it finally warms up!
Let’s make 2019 a great gardening year! Once we get past this cold weather and the possibility of snow and ice in the next few months, spring will be a welcome sight.
Until next time, happy gardening and stay warm!