January Garden Guide

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Winter Hours: Monday - Saturday, 8:00 - 5:30; Sundays, 10:00 - 5:30

Lawn Care

Now is the time to apply pre-emergent weed control to your lawn. We recommend Weed & Grass Stopper with Dimension or Broadleaf Weed Control With Gallery.
You can overseed your lawn now with winter rye grass seed (or fill bare spots with this seed) at the rate of 1 lb. per 100 sq.ft. We have it in 10 to 50 lb. bags.
Do not think about fertilizing until your lawn begins actively growing. Generally this is around early March.

Read: Why Won’t My Weed Killer Work?, Our Secret Ingredient for a Happy Lawn


  • All containerized, bare rooted, and ball in burlap hardy trees, shrubs, vines, fruit trees (not citrus) and roses.
  • Use Nature’s Blend to prepare the garden soil and frost blankets to protect tender veggies from the cold nights.

Vegetable Seeds

Beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, Swiss chard, collards, lettuce, mustard, radish, spinach and turnips.

Start pepper and tomato seeds indoors to transplant into garden later.

Vegetable Transplants

Broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, onion sets, seed potatoes, and spinach.

Tomato transplants can be nurtured in pots now and set in the garden in February.

Read: Growing Onions

Read: Secrets Under The Dark Side of The Moon

Flower Seeds

Petunias, alyssum, carnations, larkspur, nasturtium, poppy, dusty miller, stock, calendulas and bluebonnets

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Flower Transplant

Pansies, petunias, alyssum, dianthus, snapdragons, and violets, flowering cabbage & kale

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  • Established Citrus Trees (3 years or older)
    with ammonium sulfate 21-0-0 available in 4 to 50 Lb. bags,
    organically with Medina Growin Green, Citrus Tone or Hasta Gro

  • Cool Weather Vegetables
    with ammonium sulfate, organically with Medina Growin GreenHasta Gro, or Plant Tone

  • Cold Weather Annuals
    with water-soluble fertilizer such as Miracle Gro, organically with Medina Growin Green, Hasta Gro, Maestro Rose Glo, or Plant Tone

  • Do not fertilize tropicals. They need to rest.

Watch Out For

Scale Insects
Watch for scale insects on hardy trees and shrubs. Spray with Neem Oil or Dormant Oil spray

Read: Organic Gardening 101 – What’s Buggin Ya?

Lawn Fungus
This can be a major problem after long periods of wet, cool weather. There are 2 major lawn fungus – Take All Patch and Brown Patch.

  • Treat Take All Patch with Fertilome Systemic Lawn Fungicide. Organically with Nature’s Blend Organic Compost, or Peat Moss.
  • Treat Brown Patch Fungus with Bayer Lawn Fungus Granules or F-Stop Fungus Granules, organically with Serenade or Actinovate.


  • Fruit Trees – prune peaches, apples, plum, pear lightly to shape. Do not prune citrus.
  • Hardy Dormant Trees – prune oak, mesquite, cedar elm, crape myrtle & soapberry. Do not top trees!
  • Perennials that have finished their bloom.
  • Pick spent flowers from annuals to prolong their bloom.


  • Only as needed – but dry cold fronts, high winds and low humidity can dry plants quickly.
  • Established lawns only need water every couple of weeks, provided we don’t get rain.
  • Be sure to check your sprinkler system and adjust accordingly.

When or if temperatures dip below freezing:

  • Move tropical potted plants inside or group them together in a protected area so they may be easily covered.
  • Mulch and water newly planted trees and shrubs well; water tropicals and potted plants.
  • Cover tropicals and tender plants with frost blankets (which we sell), sheets, household blankets or plastic (Note plastic can burn the outer foliage it is touching).
  • Bring fabric all the way to the ground allowing heat from the soil to be trapped around the plant.
  • Uncover all plants as temperatures rise to prevent the foliage from scorching.

Read: Some tips on preparing for a freeze in last week’s “Freeze Alert”

3 Comments on “January Garden Guide”

  1. Do you sell freeze covers, and how much are they? What are the temperatures they can protect the plants to?

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