Here, courtesy of Dustin and the other fine folks at Sloat Garden Center in Danville, is your to-do list for January. If you live in the SF Bay Area, that is. If you live in the frozen Midwest or the stormy East, you have the month off. And if the weather doesn't thaw soon, you might not be gardening until June! I'm not sure right now whether I envy you or feel sorry for you. I guess it depends on whether I'm on my way out to the garden, or on my way back in.
January In The Garden
- Plant deciduous flowering cherries and plums, dormant fruit trees and Japanese maples. Look for deciduous vines as well: wisteria, akebia, and Boston Ivy.
- The first of our summer bulbs (gladiolus, dahlias and lilies) arrive in select stores this month. Call ahead to the Sloat Garden Center location nearest you for information.
- Dormant roses have arrived. Learn how to plant and care for them. Plant roses with E.B. Stone Sure Start and Greenall Rose Grow Planting Mix.
- Top dress roses and tender plants with Sloat Forest Mulch Plus.
- If it has rained, continue to dormant spray. Dormant sprays help prevent peach leaf curl, fungal rot and other diseases. We recommend Monterey Liqui-Cop for disease. Bonide All Seasons Oil or Monterey Horticultural Oil for insects. They can be mixed and sprayed at the same time!
- Protect your plants from slugs and snails with Sluggo or Sluggo Plus.
- Protect citrus from rodents with Bonide Repels All.
- Don’t forget to water houseplants, especially if the heater has been on.
- Deadhead cyclamen to keep them in bloom.
- Protect plants and tender succulents from cold with a frost blanket such as Easy Gardener Plant Blanket or N-Sulate and Cloud Cover anti-transpirant spray.
- Clean up the garden: Prune roses, shrubs and trees. Prune and cut back perennials & ornamental grasses. Need a little guidance? Contact us!
- After pruning, be sure to clean your tools.
- Stop the weeds! Weeds that begin with winter rains go to seed in March & April. But the clever gardener never lets them get that far. Pull weeds now before they go to seed. Apply Weed Prevention Plus made from natural corn gluten to prevent weed germination.
- Now is the time to remove plants that aren’t thriving to make room for healthier plants. Sad, but true!
- Feed the birds: We carry Wild Delight Gourmet Bird Seed, Songbird Blend, Nut & Berry, Nyjer thistle, and Sunflower Seed. Also we have suet in 6 flavors to attract a variety of birds from woodpeckers to phoebes. Finch Socks with Nyjer are easy to use and popular with the birds!