Who Says There's No Gardening in January?

    While there certainly isn't any gardening to be done outside, there are still some tasks you can do to help prepare your garden for spring, and your houseplants could always use a little TLC. So, don't despair. While you won't be doing much digging in the dirt this time of year, there is still plenty of gardening to be done.

    Lawn
    Stay off the frozen grass! If the ground isn’t covered with snow then walking on the frozen grass can damage, and if repeated on the same path, kill your lawn.

    Trees & Shrubs
    Keep heavy snow and ice off of the branches of your trees and shrubs. When your plants go dormant in the winter they become more brittle and too much weight can cause their branches to snap. If we get that typical January thaw then it’s a good time to apply Bonide Wilt Stop again Just remember that it needs to dry and not freeze on your evergreens. Once the cold weather arrives it’s also time to prune your fruit trees.

    Perennials & Bulbs
    Don’t worry if some of your spring bulbs have started to push out of the ground, for they will stop as the temperatures fall. The worst that will happen is some of the foliage tips may burn. If your perennial beds have not been mulched, then apply a layer of Coast of Maine Fundy Blend enriching mulch or Mulch Master straw. If you planted garlic in the late fall it is essential to apply Mulch Master. It will help not only to prevent the thaw-freeze cycle that can lift the bulbs out of the ground but also help with weed suppression in the spring, as well as maintain even soil moisture.

    Houseplants
    Don’t neglect your houseplants. Wipe any dust off of the foliage of your plants with a damp cloth and be sure to use water that is room temperature. Any plants that are actively growing would benefit from being fed with a liquid fertilizer such as Miracle-Gro Indoor Plant Food or Neptune’s Harvest Organic Fish & Seaweed fertilizer. Only fertilize once a month though, because of slower growth rates in the winter. Be sure to protect your plants from any drafts and keep them away from heat sources as this will dry them out. To give the added humidity that they want, try placing a cup of water near them. Always keep your eye out for pests and treat with Espoma Earth-tone Insect Control at the first sign of their presence. Remember that watering correctly is very important. Wait until the soil is dry to the touch, then water the plant thoroughly so that the entire root mass and soil is remoistened. The best way to do this is to take the plant to the kitchen sink and water it until water comes out of the bottom of the pot. Let the pot drain and then put the plant back in place.

    Fairy Gardens & Air Plants
    Hey, why not try something new this year! Air plants are a unique and easy way to decorate your home. These plants require no soil and will be happy to simply get misted two or three times per week, making them an easy accent to liven up any spot in the house! Looking for a way to satisfy that need to garden during the long winter months? Or, maybe you’re looking for a fun project to do with the kids on a snow day? Try creating a fairy garden! These miniature gardens are a creative way to garden indoors, and with tons of different plants and accessories to choose from, each fairy garden is unique. Have fun, and be sure to share your fairy gardens on our Facebook page. We would love to see what you come up with!

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