What To Do in the Garden in January

The new year brings a new opportunity to revive and improve your garden. Although we will still be in the midst of winter there are still plenty of jobs to do in the garden to prepare for the coming year. Plan your layout and begin ordering your plants and seeds from the comfort of your arm chair, and enjoy the fresh crisp air on sunny days, checking how your winter protection is holding up and whether it needs adjusting if severe weather is still forecast. 

Here are a few of the things we recommend to focus your efforts on planting, preparing and overall gardening jobs for January.

What To Do in the Garden in January

Plants and Flowers:

  • There may seem like a reduced amount that you can grow in your garden in January but there are many different flower and vegetable seeds that can begin to grow in the greenhouse or window sills. In store you will be able to browse our whole range of Mr Fothergill and Johnson’s seeds and our team will be on hand to provide you with the best tips and tricks.
  • As long as the ground isn’t frozen, now is the perfect time to plant bare-root roses, shrubs and hedging as the plant is still dormant. If you have previously wanted to move existing rose bushes or trees, now is the time to make your changes.
  • Add immediate colour to your garden by establishing new areas of snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis) and hellebores by purchasing plants in flower
  • Honeysuckle (Lonicera) should be pruned ready for new growth in the spring to encourage new flowers to bloom once the frosts have subsided. 
  • Clear away any dead leaves and flowers on perennials and compost them to stop diseases spreading and new growth being covered.
  • Deadhead winter pansies (Viola hiemalis) and other violas regularly to encourage new growth.
  • Continue pruning roses whilst the plants remain dormant.

Lawn Care:

  • Keep up with your December lawn habits. Avoid walking on the grass in heavy snow and frost as the grass will become brittle and break creating unsightly brown patches in the summer months. 
  • If the weather is mild you can lay new turf or repair holes in your existing lawn. If the winter is particularly wet, check for signs of waterlogging and if necessary spike the garden again with a garden fork.
What To Do in the Garden in January

In the fruit and vegetable patch:

  •  Apple and pear trees should be pruned where necessary to encourage a better yield in the coming year. Leave stone fruit trees like plum, cherry and apricot, until the summer. 
  • Clear any remaining spent crops and dig the area, leaving the soil in rough chunks that will be broken down by the weather in time for sowing.
  • Consider what will be planted in each area creating a different crop rotation from last year. 
  • Visit us in store to begin purchasing seed potatoes, ready for planting in the spring.

Pests and Weeds:

  • Remove any lingering weeds from beds and continue deadheading and clearing foliage that has fallen. 
  • Particularly look out for black spots on Hellebore plants and remove diseased leaves and flower heads to stop spreading. 
  • Clear paths, patios and decking of weeds, moss and dead leaves to stop rapid growth of weeds when the weather turns milder.
What To Do in the Garden in January

Watering Tips:

  • Avoid watering your outside plants during the evening or in colder spells. At this time of year the air is often damp so limited watering is recommended. 
  • Inside, house plants will require extra watering as the central heating will cause the plants to dry out quicker and more often.


  • Begin sorting through your existing seed collection, throwing away empty or out of date packets and adding to a list those that you need.
  • Order seeds, fruit trees and seed potatoes for early spring planting.
  • After the season’s festivities, recycle your Christmas and if possible put onto your compost heap. Take a look here for more ways to recycle your Christmas tree if you do not have your own compost heap.

Something for the little ones:

Keeping the wildlife well fed through the winter is a perfect activity to do together. Making fat balls and feeding them together will bring wildlife to your garden, keeping them warm through the winter and encouraging them to eat the pests in your garden.

For more information about what to do in the garden in January, or for some helpful tips and advice, please do not hesitate to pop in the store and ask one of our team members. Come rain or shine, we stock everything you need to enjoy your garden all year round, please don’t hesitate to contact us.  

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