Monthly Garden Tip
FRUIT TREES AND ROSES -
Spray cherry trees for bacterial canker using liquid copper and spreader
sticker. Spray your peaches with lime
sulfur for peach leaf curl.
DRAINAGE – Monitor drainage problems and determine the best
solution, surface drainage, or subterranean.
Collect, conduct and dispose are the three keys to yard drainage.
LAWNS – Stay off frozen lawns, rake leaves and mow if you
can and if it needs it.
PRUNING – Tie up or remove branches prone to breakage from
and snow falls we may get.
MULCH – If you haven’t already done so apply 2-4 inches on
compost/mulch in your flower beds.
INDOOR GARDENING – water as needed, fertilize and monitor
for pests. Clean the dust off the leaves
with a damp cloth. You can propagate
philodendrons, scheffleras and other tropicals by air-layering.
PROPAGATION - If you plan to do some grafting cut and store
the scion wood in a cool place. Take hardwood cuttings of deciduous trees and
GARDENS – If you have
well drained soil you can start garden peas and sweet peas. Try Oregon
Sugar Pod II, and Sugar Snap. Plan your
garden this month using a planning calendar.
PERENNIALS – Not a lot to do with perennials this month,
except planning. Go through those catalogs
and magazines to make your selections.
Perennials can be selected with many characteristics including drought
tolerance, deer resistance, wildlife attractors, and many colors and sizes. Have fun with the planning.
PLANTING – January is not a great time to plant anything,
except bare root trees and shrubs if you can work the soil and need to get them
in the ground. February and March may be
better to plant the bare root stock.