January Garden Calendar

This is a great month for evaluating and planning, placing orders (January is National Mail-Order Gardening Month), preparing and getting organized. It’s also a good time to work on plants during dormancy, so they can begin their spring growing season with an advantage.

Here are some gardening chores to tackle during January.

Trees and Shrubs

In January, you can continue these chores from December:

    • In warmer zones, protect tender trees and shrubs from surprise frosts by covering them with burlap draped over a simple wooden frame or plant stakes.
    • Inspect stakes and wires on newly planted trees, to make sure they are still straight and not damaging the bark.
    • Stake leggy plants to protect from wind or ice breakage.
  • Leave snow in place as an insulator – remove (gently!) only if the weight of the snow threatens to break the plant. Do not attempt to remove ice.
  • You can also:
      • Prune dormant trees and shrubs now, including fruit trees. In warmer zones with winter-flowering shrubs, wait until just after they bloom.
      • Hold off on pruning spring-flowering shrubs until after they bloom.
      • Inspect your winterized roses – make sure they are still firmly tied and/or covered.
      • Apply anti-desiccants to newly planted evergreens.
    • Bring spring-flowering branches indoors for forcing. Good choices are forsythia, pussy willow, jasmine, and flowering quince.

    Zones 7 and warmer can:

      • Begin planting roses.
    • Plant bare-root, balled-and-burlapped, and container-grown trees and shrubs. It can be hard to identify plants when dormant, so hopefully you’ve made some notes during the growing season!
  • You can also:
      • Prune dormant trees and shrubs now, including fruit trees. In warmer zones with winter-flowering shrubs, wait until just after they bloom.
      • Hold off on pruning spring-flowering shrubs until after they bloom.
      • Inspect your winterized roses – make sure they are still firmly tied and/or covered.
      • Apply anti-desiccants to newly planted evergreens.
    • Bring spring-flowering branches indoors for forcing. Good choices are forsythia, pussy willow, jasmine, and flowering quince.

    Zones 7 and warmer can:

      • Begin planting roses.
    • Plant bare-root, balled-and-burlapped, and container-grown trees and shrubs. It can be hard to identify plants when dormant, so hopefully you’ve made some notes during the growing season!

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