Taking care of your lawn or garden is sometimes put aside during the winter months. While it may not seem like there’s anything to do, January is actually a great time to take advantage of these checklist items.
- Fill empty garden spaces with garden accessories such as statues, lighting, or bird attractions.
- Till an organic fertilizer with corn gluten into garden beds to add nutrients and reduce weeds in the spring.
- Begin planning your garden for the spring. Search online for garden plans such as a mosquito repellent container garden plan.
- Visit your local independent garden center for winter sales and great deals on out-of-season stock.
- Till garden beds to kill any grub larvae.
- Rake any leaves on your lawn before heavy snowfall comes down (if it hasn’t already).
- Create an indoor herb garden with a simple basket.
- Feed houseplants an organic plant food.
- Re-pot houseplants that have outgrown their pots.
Flower & Bulbs
- Begin ordering seeds online or finding them at your local independent garden center.
- Start sowing seeds indoors.
Vegetable & Fruit
- Begin planting early crops. This includes broccoli, spinach, onions, leeks, and cauliflower.
Maintenance & Other
- Stock up on snow supplies for winter such as ice melt, propane, gas, and emergency food and water.
- Perform any needed maintenance on lawn and garden tools. Replace any necessary tools.
- Fill and rotate bird feeders to avoid mold.
- Check down spouts to avoid clogging and subsequent freezing.
- Perform a soil test if your soil isn’t frozen.
- Wash exterior windows on your house while the bushes are pruned back.