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Things to do in your Mapesbury garden in January:

  • Prune apple and Pear trees.

  • Plant Roses.

  • Deciduous trees and shrubs can be planted, transplanted, pruned and renovated during the dormant season i.e. Beech, Hazel, Roses, but wait till Spring to prune Prunus!

  • Established Deciduous trees and shrubs can be moved so long as the ground is not frozen or waterlogged.

  • Why not redistribute some Cyclamen coum that has spread and multiplied.

  • Prune Wisteria by cutting back side shoots to two or three buds.

  • Heavy London clay soil can be improved by digging in Organic Matter (OM) i.e. garden compost, but only if soil is reasonably dry. Incorporating grit/coarse sand will aid drainage.

  • Apply fleece or appropriate protection to tender outdoor plants, should the weather dictate or if feasible bring indoors into the conservatory/greenhouse. Likewise protect non-frost proof containers.

  • Prevent ponds from freezing over and remove leaves/rotting vegetative matter, if not already netted.

  • Plant winter aconites.

  • Raise patio containers/ pots onto feet/bricks to prevent winter waterlogging.

  • Continue to cut back spent herbaceous material, in milder areas these can still be lifted and divided.

  • Grasses and other perennials saved for winter interest can now be cut back.

  • Check i.e. Dahlia tubers that are overwintering indoors have not become completely dried out.

  • Tidy up shed, clean, oil and sharpen tools.

Fabian Lee, Mapesbury Professional Gardener & Horticultural Specialist. fabianlee001@gmail.com


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