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4 Important Garden Jobs for the New Year

In the bleak midwinter, you may well be thinking that there’s not much you can do in your garden during the New Year. January is generally a time when the garden is bare and frosty, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t jobs that can be done in the garden right now.

Here are just a few jobs experts in landscape gardening services recommend undertaking at this time of year.

1.   Down Tools… and clean them

During the winter months, when your garden tools aren’t needed as much, it’s a good time to clean them.

It’s worth checking that the likes of springs and screws are still in place on secateurs. If the tools are stiff, you may need to remove rust and apply oil to help movement. Blunt blades can be sharpened with a metal file, however on bypass secateurs remember to sharpen the outside blade only.

For spades and garden forks, check the handle and blade aren’t coming loose, and tighten if they are. Clean the tools in their entirety using a wire brush and a rag dampened with soapy water, although be careful not to make any wooden parts over wet, as this can cause splitting as the tools dry.

2.   Clear debris

If you have a lot of debris in your garden from fallen leaves, or moss growing, January is a great time to address this situation.

Sweeping and raking any fallen leaves is wise before any snowfall, as fallen leaves can create a mulch underneath which can damage lawns.

If you wish to clean your patio of moss and other dirt, a dry day in January is a great time to do so.

3.   Plant a tree

Did you know that winter is the optimum time for planting a tree? You can either opt for something small within a patio container, or alternatively speak to your local garden landscape experts about planting a larger tree within your garden, such as an acer or a maple.

If you feel that your landscaping is bare or lacking in parts, then it’s worth asking a local landscape gardening company to assess the space you have available and potentially fill any gaps with some trees now, which will later help to give your garden a mature feel.

4.   Get Organised

Do you have a garden to-do list as long as your garden path? If so, why not make this the year you finally tackle some of those jobs you’ve been meaning to do for a while?

This could be as simple as pruning any branches that overhang your garden path, or as complex as removing old play equipment which is no longer in use.

Also, think ahead to the warmer months, and if you need planting advice, or landscape gardening ideas, contact a local expert in landscape gardening and ask them to help you plan your garden, and orchestrate any changes you’d like to make, ready for the sunnier times ahead.

New Year gardening jobs

Just because January is a quieter month in the garden doesn’t mean you won’t be busy. If you need any help with your garden this New Year, get in contact with D&G Garden World. There’s never a dull moment in the garden for us, and we can help you to enjoy your garden year-round across Hornchurch, Upminster and Brentwood.