January: Gardening To-Do List

  • It’s a great time to make sure all lawn equipment and gardening tools are sharpened and in good condition as spring is around the corner.
  • Replace worn or broken parts on your irrigation system and make surit is winterized.  If you need help, contact Spring Rain Sprinkler Company at 405 288-0048.
  • Check protected beds, raised planters, as well as under eaves for moisture levels.
  • Mulch all beds including those around trees to help with moisture retention. Mulch keeps the areas from freezing as deep.
  • Watering your lawn, trees and shrubs is recommended anytime precipitation has been minimal, especially for your broadleaf and narrowleaf evergreens. 
  • If soil is dry, irrigate all plantings, especially broadleaf evergreens and conifers, at least 24 hours before hard-freezing weather.
  • Remove leaves from cool-season grasses or mow with a mulching lawn mower.
  • Don’t forget about the birds!  We have seed that will make them really happy through the winter months.
  • Pre-emerge with Hi-Yield Turf & Ornamental Weed and Grass Stopper, ferti-lome For All  Seasons II or ferti-lome Broadleaf Weed Control with Gallery to turf areas through mid-March to prevent summer weeds such as crabgrass from germinating.
  • Post emerge to help control winter weeds. Apply Hi-Yield Killzall. as well as ferti-lome Weed Free Zone on dormant bermuda when temperatures are above 50 degrees. Image Nutsedge will kill any Poa annua that could be present now. 
  • Continue mowing cool-season lawns on a regular basis or when grass is 3-4” tall. Do not cut off more than a third on each mowing.
  • Plant your container and Ball and Burlap (B &B) trees.
  • Continue planting spring flowering bulbs. See Bulb Planting Guidelines for details.
  • When Oklahoma temps are over 40 degrees, apply our Hi-Yield Dormant Oil Spray to your deciduous trees and shrubs to control overwintering insects.  NEVER use dormant oil sprays on evergreen trees or shrubs.
  • November through February are the recommended months to apply ferti-lome Tree & Shrub Systemic Insect Drench  to your young pines for tip borers.
  • Average rainfall in January is 1.28 inches.
  • Applying one to two inches of mulch will insulate and hold moisture for all trees and shrubs.

Note: Thanks to Oklahoma Coop Extension Service for providing some of the suggested maintenance guidelines.

For questions regarding January maintenance guidelines, please call Goldsby 405 288-2368, Oklahoma City 405 691-9100,  Norman 405 447-3100 or Ardmore 580 223-1846.