Weather conditions during January are generally poor and unsuitable for doing any work in the garden. This makes January a better time to plan any changes and improvements to the garden.
Weather permitting, work is focussed on keeping garden areas tidy and if ground conditions are dry, some remedial works may be possible.
- Tidy planted borders and remove any fallen leaf or debris from lawn areas
- Plant deciduous bare root trees and shrubs so long as ground is not too wet or frozen
- Start winter pruning of hardy summer flowering shrubs (e.g. buddleja, spirea, hypericum)
- Plant up window boxes and containers with seasonal colour (e.g. winter flowering pansies, cyclamens, heathers)
- Add some delightful winter colour and scent to the garden by planting winter flowering shrubs near pathways or entrances (e.g. daphne odora, sarococca hamelis)
- Give lawn area a light mow (only during dry spells) to keep lawn looking neat
Article contributed by Owen Chubb – http://www.owenchubblandscapers.com