Gardening chores for January - The Avid Gardener
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What to focus on, as your gardening chores for the coldest month of the year, cornus_alba_sibirica January:

1. As this is effectively the coldest month of Winter, special care should be taken to protect the more tender plants from the severe cold weather. This can be done through heavy mulching for root protection and horticultural fleece for foliar protection.

2. The best lawn care that can be exercised is that of minimal wear and tear. The soil becomes saturated and with regular traffic, the grass gets damaged and will take longer to repair.

apple_pruning3. Continue to clear off any leaves and debris off the lawn to ensure it does not rot.

5. Prune soft fruit such as blackcurrants, redcurrants and gooseberries to encourage a productive network of branches.

6. Care for those resident birds by providing fresh water and keep the bird feeders topped up.

Helleborus7. Remove older leaves on Hellebores to make the new flush of blooms more visible.

8. Continue removing faded flowers from Pansies and Violas to stop them from setting seed.

9. Use this time to clean your patio with a pressure washer or by brushing it off with a stiff broom.

10. Recycle and shred your Christmas tree (assuming its a real one) and add it to the compost heap.

We hope the year ahead is a fruitful year for you…

Happy Gardening!