For the Month of January

  • Continue to access the structure of your trees and determine what branches should be trimmed.
  • Continue to deadhead and fertilize your pansies, their looks should be improving throughout the next few weeks.
  • New trees and shrubs can be planted at this time. It is preferable to plant them on a sunny day and when the ground is not frozen.
  • Plants can be transplanted now.
  • This is a good time to add Bermuda sod. The roots have time to grow. This is especially important if the area will be without irrigation during the summer time.
  • Most of our trees are finished dropping leaves. Now is a good time to finish cleaning them up and adding mulch in the shrub beds and tree rings.
  • If your bulbs are starting to shoot out of the ground, then now would be a great time to fertilize them with a 3-13-13 or 20-20-20 fertilizer.
  • This is a good time to clean out underbrush and kudzu.
  • Winter weeds might be beginning to sprout up in your yard. It will be easier to get rid of these weeds, if you treat them before they flower and set deeper roots. Spray these weeds with a herbicide containing 2,4-D. If the spray contains mecoprop and dicamba, it will be very efficient at killing these weeds. It is still too early to be fertilizing for warm weather grass. However, lime can be applied to your lawn if necessary.
  • Your ornamental grasses are probably looking a little rough right now. You can go ahead and trim them back to about a foot tall and they will fill in nicely once spring arrives.

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