In the Garden: January

In the Garden: January

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Yes, we’re launching a landscaping column in January. According to our new guru, this is a great time to be thinking about your plant options. Click to find out why.

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January is the time to cut back any perennials and grasses to keep your landscaping looking good through the remainder of winter.

Over the course of the next 12 months, we’re going to offer some ideas on what you can be doing to make the most of your landscape. We’ll be looking at plant options, some ‘how to’ ideas ranging from pruning to planting, and suggesting tools that you should and shouldn’t have among other tips given my personal 40+ years working in the industry and the combined 250+ years of my staff at Wimberg Landscaping.

So, whats going on in the garden in January? From a growing standpoint, not much. It’s amazing to think that in just eight weeks or so things will be emerging but for now lets think about what we can see. Assuming that we’re not buried under a blanket of snow and running from house to car to avoid the wind-chill, January can be a productive time to do some gardening.

If the weather cooperates, I’ll use January to cut back any perennials and grasses. If the grasses are still holding strong I’ll leave them into February but there is a good chance that many are breaking apart anyway. Doing some thinning of ornamentals trees is also an option. With the leaves long gone the branch structure is very obvious. Removing damaged and crossed branches, waterspouts, rootsuckers would be the goal. Topping any trees, even ornamentals, is never a good idea.

Winter is also a fine time to remove the ever invasive non-native honeysuckle. While its preferable to remove roots and all its also fine to cut within several inches of the ground and then treat with an herbicide in the spring. Be sure to leave enough stump so you can make a fresh cut before applying the herbicide.

On the chance that we just can’t get outside, this time of the year can be used for garden planning. When spring arrives, do you know what plants you want to remove and replace or divide and re-plant? Have you made plans for mulching your beds? Are you thinking about making major changes to your landscape? While it may seem too early to be thinking about these things just remember how hectic things get in the spring at garden centers and with local landscape companies. A little planning ahead will have you ready for the nice weather that is surely coming.