January Garden: Trees and Shrubs
Tackling some general tree work and tree maintenance early on in the year can help:
- rescue trees and shrubs from winter damage or disease
- correct the form and natural shape of your trees and shrubs
- ensure that your existing trees and shrubs are healthy before they put on spring growth
If the weather is kind, January should provide a few cool yet sunny days, when there will be no excuse for you to avoid heading outside into your garden, to start planning your tree work needs.
Pull on a warm jacket, wellies if needed, grab a piece of paper and a pencil, or pen, and head on outside in your garden.
Tree Work January Planning Tips
Take a good look at your trees and shrubs, write down what needs doing to which tree or shrub and start your to-do-list. Note any :
- general pruning needs to trees and shrubs
- dead branches or dead trees
- diseased wood
- crossing branches on trees
- tree or shrub overcrowding
- gaps in border hedging
General Maintenance Tasks
Split your to-do-list into task sections, say, those you can do immediately and those you need to buy new plants or equipment for.
Clean and Tidy
One of the main January tasks will be making sure that your garden and patio areas are clean and tidy.
When the weather allows, grab a stiff garden brush and clear all your paths and patio of leaf remnants, wind-fall twigs or other plant debris etc and pop what you can into your Garden Waste Composter.
A good clean and tidy round the garden in January will help you plan your garden work for February.