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Garden To-Do List – January

January is usually the coldest month of the year, with high risk of frost, gale force winds and heavy rainfall. While you might not feel like venturing out into your garden this month, there is always something to be doing!

Make the most of this month by following our top 5 tasks when gardening in January.

1. Plan

January is the perfect month to sit indoors and make plans for the year. Decide what you’re going to grow in 2015 and where you’re going to plant it. Order in all your seeds and summer flowering bulbs over the next few weeks and when the time comes to get back outdoors you’ll be fully prepared to get straight back to work.

2. Recycle

For the environmentally conscious, the best way to dispose of your Christmas tree is to compost it. If you can’t do this yourself then most councils should be happy to take your tree away for recycling.

3. Pruning

Winter prune apple & pear trees and currant & gooseberry bushes now if you haven’t done so already. This is a job best done when they are dormant. Leave pruning other fruit trees such as plums, cherries and apricots until summer.

4. Planting

Despite any lingering freezing temperatures, January is a good month to do a bit of planting. Plant out dormant conifers, shrubs, rose bushes and fruit trees. If you have a greenhouse you may also want to think about planting chilli’s and tomato seeds towards the end of the month.

5. Lawns

Repair and reshape your lawns edges whilst continuing to rake up any fallen leaves throughout January. When the weather turns particularly frosty then it’s best to stay off garden turf to avoid damaging the grass.

For those with artificial grass lawns, a quick brush every couple of weeks to get rid of leaves and debris should ensure your lawn stays looking lush and green.

If temperatures drop it’s best to leave snow and frost to melt and drain naturally through the turf.

For more information on how to transform your garden this month then get in touch with our experts at Artificial Grass Direct.