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January Gardening Tips

January Gardening Tips

New year, new yard! While the winter months may feel daunting, gray, and lackluster, it is an important time to plan and map out your yard for the growing months ahead. Continue reading to learn about the January gardening tips that you should live by!

Cut back all perennials

While this is a task that should have been performed after the first frost, it isn’t too late to take action. In doing so, one should cut the perennial back to the ground. Once you have done so, be sure to cover the perennial with mulch to help insulate the roots. Be sure not to wait too long to complete this task.

Add mulch

Adding mulch isn’t only used to make your landscape beds look good! Mulch is a multi-faceted landscape material. When you add mulch to your landscape beds, you are adding protection to your plants’ roots. Think of it as a blanket that insulates the roots!

Test your soil

One task that many homeowners never complete is testing the soil. Having your soil tested is imperative to growing healthy plants and vegetables. If your soil is deficient of any nutrient or has an overabundance, soil tests can help identify the problem. Testing your soil can also tell you the pH.

Prepare your garden beds

Homeowners can use the downtime in January to prepare their garden beds. If you followed the previous step, you already know what your garden beds need to successfully grow vegetables. Most garden beds will benefit from adding compost to the soil.

Start visualizing your spring garden

Do you have big hopes and dreams for your yard and landscape? Good! Write down your ideas and get to planning! Make a list of the plants that you would like to see worked into your landscape.

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