January Checklist for Gardeners Indoors and Out from Preen.com

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In January, the winter landscape is socked in with cold, if not always with snow. For most homeowners, it’s a time to plan ahead for warmer days, while tackling weather-related outdoor maintenance chores.

Daffodils

January thaws followed by snow won't injure daffodils.

Take time to learn ways to reduce garden weed proliferation as many weeds start to grow in early spring when weed seeds begin to sprout.

In January, the winter landscape is socked in with cold, if not always with snow. For most homeowners, it’s a time to plan ahead for warmer days, while tackling weather-related outdoor maintenance chores. To ease the way through the month, see the Garden Tips section of preen.com.

  • Unexpected warm spells this time of year called “January Thaws” can result in early flower bulb growth. Many people worry that early bird tulips and daffodils will be damaged once normal seasonal weather resumes. No worries: bulb plants are programed by nature to endure erratic winter weather. Do not rush out to “baby” them with protective coverings in mid-winter – this often does more harm than good by bruising frigid plants and leaves. Leaves and open flowers often ride out cold snaps unharmed or merely browned at the edges or tips (the equivalent of freezer burn). Another option: cut stems of flowers to bring them indoors to enjoy in the vase.
  • After heavy snowfalls, use a broom or hand to gently brush away snow that may accumulate on landscape plantings and shrubs, before it freezes. Wet or heavy snow often weighs down branches, causing them to break or become misshapen.
  • For best selection, now is the time to choose and order online or mail-order bare root roses, vegetable and flower seeds, summer-blooming flower bulbs and specialty perennial and shrub offerings. Plant suppliers will hold orders to ship until it’s time to plant in a recipient’s climate zone.
  • January is a good time to repot houseplants as they outgrow current pots. If roots are visible at the drainage hole in the bottom of the pot, consider upgrading to a pot an inch or two larger in circumference.
  • Take time to learn ways to reduce garden weed proliferation as many weeds start to grow in early spring when weed seeds begin to sprout. Preen.com offers how-to videos that show how easy it is to use a layer of mulch plus pre-emergent to provide months of weed protection by stopping weed seed germination. Weeds that never grow never need to be pulled.

For more information on gardening and landscaping visit preen.com. Preen is the leading brand of garden weed preventer and is available nationwide where gardening supplies are sold.

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