January Garden – Tidy, Protect & Maintain!
We hope you have had a fantastic new year and are keen to get back in the garden ready for spring. Spring is one of our busiest times and definitely our favourite gardening season. As everything starts to wake up from the dormancy of winter there’s finally lots to do in the garden again!
The weather may be deterring you from venturing outside to prune your garden, but don’t worry – you can hold off for a week or two but winter pruning needs to be done before the first signs of spring! January is a great month to prune most deciduous trees and shrubs. Fruit trees can be pruned at this time but be careful not to prune spring flowering plants.
Know your soil! Find out what plants will flourish best in your soil by testing the ph levels and finding out what type of soil you have in your garden. Have you ever wondered why your garden plants aren’t flourishing as well as you hoped? Testing your soil is the most accurate way to find out how to improve your soil type and in turn your plants!
Check that stored items like bulbs are healthy and throw away any that look soggy or mouldy looking before the problem spreads to the others.
It’s time to sharpen and clean the blades on secateurs and knives to ensure that they’re ready for action next spring. Keep up with fixing odd things around the garden and give your sheds and greenhouses a clear out of all dead or dying plants and generally clear that clutter! Remember- tidying removes hiding places for slugs and snails reducing their numbers next summer.
Keep protecting your garden plants from wind rock as we advised In December and keep those pots and containers wrapped up! Your garden furniture is also at risk, cover furniture with polythene sheeting to protect it from becoming damp and possibly rusty.
Your birds are at risk this time of year- remember to replenish and add water for birds to drink out of throughout the winter. Watch out for bird nests when pruning. Many gardeners assume that birds aren’t hungry when they look plump; birds actually fluff up their feathers to minimize the loss of heat from their bodies when they are seriously hungry. Click here to view our full range of bird food.
Try to avoid standing on your lawn too much, the ground will have frozen and walking on the grass can snap and damage it.
Keep your soil covered – for the next few months any bare patches of soil should be covered in leaf mould or mulch. Mulch requires very little work, and is great for applying to the roots of established or flowering plants.