It might not be obvious, but January and February are the very best months to start preparing your garden for the spring and summer. Most homeowners aren’t willing to brave the elements, and their gardens suffer as a result. Luckily, Georgia winters have enough sunny days that you can get some serious yard work done. If you’re unsure of what to do, our Augusta, GA landscape tips should set you on the right track. By doing some light preparatory work now, you can reap big benefits later in the year.
Your first priority should be taking down any holiday decorations that you put up. On clear days, take the time to inspect your flowering trees and shrubs for winter damage, disease, or weak branches. Prune these sickly branches while doing your best to keep all the healthy ones intact. If you’re an experienced pruner, you can also shape your flowering trees to keep them healthy for the new year. Also, take this opportunity to prune back any fruit trees and plants. This will encourage new growth and fruit production during spring.
If your ground isn’t frozen or wet, gently turn over your flowerbeds. This will help break the dirt apart and keep your soil healthy. It will also expose any insect eggs to the cold and kill off potentially damaging bugs. You should reapply mulch to your trees and shrubs if they’re below 2 inches deep, but be careful not to pile too much around the tree trunks.
While your lawn may not be looking its best during January, it’s still essential to keep it clean. Leaves and stray toys can damage, or even kill, grass and ornamental plants. The best way to avoid a nasty surprise in the spring is to take care of your lawn year-round.
February is a great time for shoppers. Most garden centers are empty and looking to get rid of old stock. You can get deals on everything from tools to plant material, and you get to enjoy hassle-free shopping as well.
There isn’t much you can do in early February, apart from keeping your lawn clean and maintaining the garden. Towards the end of the month, you can start applying crabgrass preventer and fertilizer in preparation for spring. You can often get excellent savings if you buy everything you need for programs like the Scotts 4 Step program.
Another important January/February tip is to keep watering your plants. Many people neglect their garden during the winter. However, in general, Georgia winters are rather dry. Regular watering is critical to help new plantings develop their root systems in preparation for spring. A good rule of thumb is that if there hasn’t been rainfall or snow in the last two days, water your garden gently in the late morning.
If the idea of gardening in winter leaves you cold, you can leave these tasks to us. Our professional landscapers are always on hand to get your garden up and running for spring and summer so that you don’t have to.