January in your garden

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Just as you are trying to recover from the excesses of the festive period, January is also a month of damage limitation in the garden. So we thought we’d share with you January in your garden…

The harsh weather conditions the UK can experience in January means that your garden is likely to need protection from heavy rain, frosts and gale force winds. If you haven’t done so already, check that any stakes and ties haven’t been damaged and ensure that you have enough to keep your plants safe and upright.

In January you may see some snow, so if your garden experiences heavy snowfall this month, make sure you brush thick snow off hedges and conifers or its considerable weight may force them apart if left to settle for too long.

If you have cold frames, you can drape old carpet over the frames for extra protection. And don’t forget to check your greenhouse’s insulation and make sure that any heaters are in full working order or the tender plants that are meant to be protected from the cold weather may end up just as exposed as the ones left outside.

Lawn care in January

When it comes to your lawn, less is more in January. Feel free to repair lawn edges if the ground is workable. However, if your lawn has suffered dieback from people and pets walking on it in wet weather, you might want to lay a few stepping stones to allow you access to the garden without further damaging your lawn.

If you didn’t get around to sorting out the lawn during Autumn, you may be able to rescue a waterlogged lawn by carefully spiking it with a garden fork and filling the holes with a mix of loam and sharp sand.


Make sure you regularly check the water level of your pond over the colder months – hard frosts can result in defects in your pond liner so if your water level drops quite dramatically, this is likely to be an indication of a leak in either the liner or a crack in a concrete pond.

Blog image Stock Gardens Landscapers2 January in your gardenIf you do suspect a leak in your pond liner, ensure that you keep your water topped up until the spring, when repairs can be carried out.

If your pond contains fish, you might want to invest in a pond heater or alternatively, use floats or balls to stop the water from freezing over, trapping the methane gas that submerged and decaying vegetation releases – something that can prove fatal for fish and other pond life. If your pond does freeze over, don’t crack the ice as this can harm pond life. Instead fill a saucepan with hot water and hold it over the surface of the ice until it melts. Time consuming but effective and safe for your fish.


Spare a thought for the birds in January – over the winter months, food and water can be scarce so don’t forget to put some bird seed out in your garden. This can include black sunflower seeds, pinhead oatmeal, millet, peanut granules and flaked maize. Fat balls such as bird cakes and bars are also excellent winter food.

If you would like assistance in your garden this January, then please do not hesitate to contact us here at Stock Gardens on 01277 652594. 

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