January To Do’s
Your landscape doesn’t take the winter off … this is a great time to get ready for the new year!
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Plant trees and shrubs. It’s a great time to plant. Planting now gives your new plants the maximum time to establish a healthy root system before the next Texas summer. (Don’t forget the importance of hand watering during establishment – you cannot depend solely on your irrigation system.) Don’t forget your Root Stimulator!
Plant cool season annuals: Pansies, snaps, pinks, ornamental cabbage & kale.
Fertilize flowering annuals at least monthly … they are heavy feeders. And don’t forget those container plantings. Your winter perennials would also benefit from some high-nitrogen food.
MULCH, MULCH, MULCH. We recommend shredded wood mulch. Remember mulch serves both to insulate the root system and hold in valuable moisture. It also makes it harder for weeds to get a foothold. Mulch can prevent freeze damage to shallow root systems.
Prune trees, removing dead or damaged limbs while they are still easy to identify. Use of certified professionals will ensure proper pruning.
Prune Crape Myrtles but don’t be guilty of “crape murder” (topping).
It’s not too late to prune summer-flowering shrubs and vines. You can also shape evergreen shrubs.
Be prepared for freezing temperatures. Have your frost cloth ready to protect your tender plants. Need to wrap pipes or exposed irrigation equipment?
Watch out for scale insects. Early treatment with horticultural oil is a must.