Whitehall Garden Centres Blog

Welcome to Whitehall Garden Centres Blog. We aim to provide you with hints, tips, information and advice on all aspects of gardening! It is a chance for you to ask us questions and to read our blog posts about what you should be doing in your garden each month.

Friday, 15 January 2010

January Checklist

January at a glance

Around the garden:
-Ensure that birds have plenty of high energy food and water
-Continue with digging when soil conditions allow
-Cover the ground to keep out the wet
-Protect the plants that are vulnerable to wind and cold
-Aerate lawns to improve drainage
-Keep a small area of the pond free from ice to help keep the pond oxygenated
-Don’t let winter germinating plants take over

Trees, Shrubs & Climbers:

-Refirm newly planted trees and shrubs if raised by the frost
-Brush snow off trees and shrubs so that the branches do not break
-Check the supports of trees and shrubs
-Plant deciduous hedging
-Prune trees and shrubs to shape
-Prune wisteria and other vigorous climbers

Flowering plants:

-Clear damp leaves from the crown of plants
-Check forced bulbs for growth
-Sow sweet peas under cover

Kitchen garden:

-Chit early potatoes
-Protect fruit trees from bird damage
-Continue planting and winter-pruning of fruit
-Force rhubarb

*Last chance to…… Protect container plants from freezing

*Get ahead….. Send the lawnmower off for servicing