Despite cold weather and heavy rains during January, there are still plenty of jobs to be doing in the garden.
Here are George’s top tips for your January garden:
- Continue to pull out all winter germinating weeds.
- If the ground is not too frozen, plant deciduous hedging such as hawthorn.
- Trees, shrubs and vigorous climbers should be pruned to shape – particularly wisteria and roses. Pruning in periods of dormancy and pruning out very old stems will ensure more numerous flowers in the following growing season.
- Aerate lawns. This task can be undertaken with a fork – or a larger rolling aerator can be used for larger lawns.
- If not already done so, prune fruit plants before the sap starts rising. This includes apple and pear trees, and grape vines.
Star Plants for January
- Skimmia japonica – an evergreen shrub, best planted in the shade.
- Cornus (dogwood) – deciduous shrub with brightly coloured stems in the winter.
- Sarcococca confuse – small powerfully scented evergreen shrub.