JANUARY GARDEN "TO DO" LIST

GENERAL GARDEN CARE

  • Order seed, bulb, and nursery catalog to get started on this year's garden.

  • Recycle Christmas tree branches by cutting them into 2-3 foot sections to use as mulch for garden and perennial beds.

  • During winter thaws, water garden beds, turf and plants that have received salt spray from roads.

  • Monitor plants for signs of damage from animals, ice, snow or wind.

  • If it snows avoid using salt-based de-icing products in or around garden areas.

  • Shovel snow before it freezes on sidewalks and sprinkle sand on sidewalks for traction.

  • When shoveling, try to distribute snow equally on garden plants instead of piling it all against foundation planting or in the root zone of only one tree.

  • Maintain a supply of water for the birds.

  • Clean and refill bird feeders.

 

ANNUAL AND PERENNIALS

  • LIGHT pruning of deciduous trees and shrubs can be done this month.

  • Ice accumulation on tree branches should be left to melt.

  • Immediately prune back branches damaged by snow and ice.

 

INDOOR GARDEN

  • Houseplants require less water and much less or no fertilizer because of their slow growth at this time.

 

https://www.chicagobotanic.org/plantinfo/checklist/january