12 Gardening Jobs for January

Happy New Year to you! We hope you had a great Christmas.

All is quiet on the garden front as most trees, shrubs and other plants are in their dormant phase.

But there’s still plenty that you can be getting on with in the garden this month. A very good excuse to get some fresh air and exercise after the Christmas overindulge, we think!

Here are 12 jobs to get you started in January:

  1. Shred your Christmas tree for mulch or add it to your compost bin.
  2. The risk of frost is still a concern and will be for a little while yet. Check that protective coverings are still in place on your tender plants.
  3. Give friendly robins and other birds a helping hand through the winter months. Keep bird feeders clean and topped up with appropriate food. To stop drinking or bathing water freezing, pop a floating ball on the surface.
  4. Plant bare-root roses, hedges, trees and shrubs while they are still dormant.
  5. Keep deadheading winter pansies and other bedding plants to extend flowering time.
  6. If you haven’t already, clean, sharpen and oil your tools, especially secateurs and other pruning tools.
  7. Prune apple and pear trees.
  8. If you have plants that you want to move, do it now during dormancy.
  9. Remove old hellebores leaves to expose new flowers as they emerge this spring.
  10. Scrub empty pots with hot water and a mild detergent then rinse well.
  11. Clear weeds, leaves and other debris out of borders to keep them tidy and ready for spring mulching.
  12. Check stored Dahlia tubers and remove any that are showing signs of rot.

Also, start thinking about what you want from your garden this year. If you plan now what bulbs, bedding plants, vegetables, etc. you will need and when, you will avoid the last minute rush to get everything bought and in the ground, resulting in a much more pleasurable and productive gardening experience!