Gardening in January

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GARDENING IN JANUARY

COLOR PLANTS: Cool temperatures and some occasional rainfall generally REDUCE the need to water the gardens heavily this month. Moisture does not evaporate from the soil as rapidly as in warmer months. Monitor the rainfall amounts. The flower beds with annual color plants are the ones that will dry out the fastest. Turf grass will be fairly self-sufficient at this time. Just remember to water as needed – – see that the soil stays moist, but not soaked.

Don’t forget about the plants in containers. Keep them moist – – all the way to the bottom of the root ball.

Pest problems are relatively few this month. However, you’d better keep an eye out for aphids if the weather is mild.

TURF: Areas of bare soil will wash away during heavy winter rains. Here’s an idea: loosen the soil and scatter ryegrass seeds over the area. Ryegrass will stabilize the soil and prevent erosion.

PERENNIALS: Want to see what a perennial will look like in a different location in your landscape? Now would be a good time to move it.

Prune, or cut back and remove old, dead upper portions of dormant perennials. “Dead stuff” makes the garden unattractive.

ROSES: Late December through early February is the best time to plant new rose bushes or transplant existing roses. To move a bush to a new location, prune it back appropriately, dig up as much of the roots as possible, and plant immediately. Caution: don’t allow the roots to dry out.

SHRUBS: Shrubs are as dormant this month as they will get. The weather is generally cool and moist. That makes it an ideal time to transplant.

A few suggestions to think about while transplanting: It is best to not plant immediately after a rain since soil is heavy, difficult to dig, and can become too compacted. Also, it is best to not plant immediately before a hard freeze that dips into the teens.

This is an excellent time to apply horticultural oil spray to shrubs that are prone to scale. These include camellias, hollies, magnolias, euonymus, privets, and cleyera.

TREES: January is an excellent month to plant trees. Deciduous trees are leafless at this time of the year. Their dormancy makes this a great time to get them into the ground.

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