Top 5 Must-Do’s for January 2021!

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2021 – lots to look forward to, including new gardening projects! We’ve collected our top January to-do’s to keep your garden healthy and ready for a gorgeous Spring.

Check out our January Garden Guide for more tips and remember that trees, shrubs, and perennials can be planted 12 months out of the year! The only difference is the amount of water they need depending on temperatures and wind!

1. Clean Up and Start Planning Spring Projects

Can you believe that our South Texas Spring is only about 45 days away! Pleasant weather brings the itch to start planting everything, but January weather is quite unpredictable, and temps can drop suddenly. Use the month to plan your new garden spaces, clean up beds, and prepare your planting areas. January is a perfect time to plant hardy trees & shrubs, just hold off on the tender tropicals.

2. Houseplants – Find a Good Spot

When the weather is chilly, it’s a great time to refresh indoor spaces with houseplants. The key to vibrant and healthy houseplants is often just finding the right spot. A good starting point is to place near windows that get good indirect light for at least some portion of the day. Be sure to keep your plants away from A/C and heat vents, which will dry them out. This Pilea is happy on a high shelf about 5 feet from a Western-facing window that gets indirect/dappled light through the trees outside.

3. Plant Potatoes and Onion Sets

Red seed potatoes & fresh onion sets will be here the week of Jan 6th. These are delicious and good for you AND so easy. This is a great family project especially for kids. It’s important to use seed potatoes – the ones in the grocery store are treated to not sprout for longer shelf life. Learn more about growing seed potatoes here and onion sets here.

4. Fertilize Your Citrus Trees

Use organic Citrus Tone by Espoma once you’ve finished your harvest. This helps your citrus get ready to bloom this Spring and produce a bumper crop next Fall-Winter. Reapply in June. You can feed in between with organic Hasta Gro.

5. Lawn Care

This Winter we’ve been diagnosing and treating a lot of fungal issues in lawns including the dreaded Take-All Root Rot. Check out our tips for prevention which include applying Peat Moss and making sure that you are not overwatering. For weeds, Bonide Weed & Crabgrass Preventer will help stop weed seeds from sprouting. Weed Beater Complete kills existing weeds and helps stop new weeds from sprouting.

11 Comments on “Top 5 Must-Do’s for January 2021!”

    1. But then again, maybe you meant what can I use for weeds. If you have dogs spending a substantial amount of time in that yard then I just would not use any weed killers, only organic fertilizers, and then mow very regularly for your form of weed control

  1. If you have full sun, Bermudagrass varieties such as Celebration Have greater resistance to traffic than more commonly used Saint Augustine. If the lawn is too shady for Bermuda then I have put down pavers for the dog area. Then another solution is to segregate the yard with a small area surrounding the patio with a planting and short picket fence and then leave the rest of the yard for the dogs to play and destroy at their will

  2. Thank you for all of the gardening tips. Much appreciated.
    I have a huge problem with stinging nettle all over my yard. My mother referred to it as Ortegia in Spanish. How can I get rid of this painful weed? I know that it is a good medicinal weed but that doesn’t help me when my grandchildren run through it.

    1. Good medicinal and also edible, I actually make Enchiladas Ortigas, with chicken, cojita cheese, and stinging nettle. The cooking takes away any sting. But while hunting this weekend, I touched enough nettle that I completely understand your need to get rid of it. If you come into our store and ask for a broadleaf weed killer, that will remove the nettle. It takes about 10 days to work, so don’t expect it to be dead the following day. If not all dead in 2 weeks, you can make another application.

    1. You would likely be fine to prune now, but safest is end of January. Remember, lower branches catch sunlight and help produce fruit, so do not think you are helping the tree by trimming them. You do this if you must, for your own convenience.

  3. When is the best time to fertilize my lawn ? I was thinking doing this month with Medina fertilizer. Let me know please. Also I used an aireador on my lawn was that a good idea.

    1. Too early to fertilize the lawn in mid January. You will get the greatest benefit from fertilizing once the lawn has broken dormancy and has resumed rapid growth, generally sometime between late February and mid-March. Core aeration, where hollow tubes remove a plug of soil and deposit it on top is good; spike aeration, where the spikes push a hole in the ground but do not remove any soil, not good. Spike aerators compact the soil all around the hole, so that’s not worth much.

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