Here are a few ideas and tips to get you started:
Turn the Soil
Winter is a great time to turn the soil in your plant beds. Doing so exposes underground insect larvae to hungry birds looking for food, and it also helps break up any hard clumps of dirt to make planting easier come springtime. Choose a nice day when the ground is dry and unfrozen, and turn the dirt with a trowel or small rake. Be sure to re-bury any bulbs that come to the surface.
Bundle up and head outdoors with your pruning shears: January is the ideal time to prune evergreens. Pines, spruces, cedars and hemlocks grow more slowly in the wintertime, and the cold helps to minimize sap leakage.
Feed the Birds
Winter can be a tough season for birds and other small creatures that call your yard home. You can help make it easier: Spend just a few dollars on a bag of birdseed, and set some out each day. You don’t even need a fancy bird feeder; any flat surface—like your deck railing or even just a piece of plywood placed on the ground—will do.
January is the perfect time to start thinking about what you want your garden to look like in the coming months. Check out seed catalogs and gardening websites, and give some thought to which plants you want to incorporate and where you might plant them. If you’re considering a professional landscape installation, winter is a great time to come talk to us about your ideas.