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Landscaping - January Gardening Tips from Pikes
Date Posted: Jan 01, 2006
 
We are lucky in the southeast. Even in January, we can have days mild enough to get outside and enjoy the fresh air. When the weather is unfavorable, however, take the time to browse through gardening books, magazines and catalogs. You can also search the internet. They can provide a wealth of gardening information and offer many fresh and creative ideas. It is an easy and rewarding way to learn about new plant varieties, updated gardening methods and the latest gardening trends.
  • Recycle your Christmas tree at a collection site in your area of town. Or, if you live near a lake or pond, the local authorities will often use discarded Christmas trees for fish breeding grounds or habitats. You can also recycle your tree by cutting it into small sections and adding it to your compost pile.
  • After the holiday decorations are taken down, your house may feel a little drab and empty. Give it some life by creating an indoor garden. Houseplants, particularly blooming houseplants, will fill the void and provide a bright touch of color.
  • Mist houseplants to increase humidity. Heaters tend to dry out the air in our homes and offices. Also, about once a month, take a damp paper towel or sponge and lightly rub over the leaves to remove dust and restore luster.
  • Don't kill your houseplants with kindness. Just like the plants outdoors, most houseplants are not actively growing at this time of year. Until the end of February, houseplants usually require less water and little or no fertilizer.
  • Plant pansies. As long as the ground is not frozen or excessively wet, you can still plant pansies for a touch of much needed color in the winter landscape.
  • Cut back the old foliage on Liriope and make way for the new leaves of spring. Liriope should be cut back to about one to two inches above ground level. You can use garden clippers or simply run over the mounds with your lawnmower.
  • Apply dormant oil sprays to fruit trees and other ornamentals when temperatures are above freezing to control insects and diseases over winter on plants and trees.
  • Plant fescue sod. Again, as long as the soil is not frozen or wet, you can lay out fescue sod.
  • Make sure you have enough mulch in your planting areas. A three-inch layer of mulch will provide a protective covering that insulates the soil and helps to conserve heat and moisture.
  • Feed the birds. Food sources for wildlife are scarce at this time of year. Provide seed, suet and fresh water throughout the winter months. Break up any ice that forms in birdbaths so the birds can have access to the water.
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