Garden jobs for January

Ensure your garden is prepared for the year ahead with our January to do list

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Matt James

  • Recycle cut Christmas trees by shredding them to use for mulch or compost.
  • Pot-grown trees, reacclimatised to cold outdoor temperatures in a cool porch, should now be taken back outside to a sheltered, sunny spot.
  • Keep putting out food and water for hungry, thirsty birds.
  • Brush snow from evergreens, particularly conifers, to prevent the branches from breaking or bowing down under the weight.
  • Continue planting bare-root hedging, trees, shrubs and roses, as long as the ground isn’t frozen or waterlogged.
  • Repair, stain or paint fences, pergolas and wooden furniture, where weather conditions permit.
  • Start cutting back ornamental grasses and other perennials left for winter interest, if wet weather has made them collapse.
  • Check horticultural fleece and straw still covers tender plants like tree ferns; plug gaps where icy air could get in.
  • Scrub slippery decks and paving with hot soapy water. Algon Organic Path & Patio Cleaner is useful for dirtier surfaces.
  • Continue deadheading winter bedding plants for bigger, more floriferous displays.
  • Check mowers and other garden machinery are working properly. If not, book them in for a service.
  • Wash the greenhouse glass inside and out to let in more light.
  • Plan vegetable rotations and new planting schemes for spring.

Acer palmatum ‘Atropurpureum’ tree, approximately H2H250cm in a 100ltr pot, £295, Trees Direct