Today on the blog we’re going to go over some January lawn care and landscaping tips for Athens, Georgia. In January, we’re going to want to begin preparing the lawn for spring, which will involve a few housekeeping tasks that will help your landscaping come April and May. These tips will get your lawn in order so by the time the warmer months come back around, your yard will be fully ready to come back in full swing.
One of the first things that we often mention as a good thing to do in January is new planting or transplanting. The dryer, colder nature of this month makes it a prime time to plant new trees in your yard, update your landscape, and transplant new shrubs and bushes.
It’s also a good time to prune any limbs or branches that need to go. During the colder months, most of the trees will have gone dormant for the winter, so now is the best time to trim them up, cut back those crepe myrtles, and get your trees in order for spring, so your landscaping is primed for new growth.
Our next tip is important for all of the cooler months, but it’s best during this season to keep a clean lawn: to rake up any leaves, remove any debris from the lawn, and generally keep everything off the grass. The reason your grass gets so yellow and dead looking in the winter is that your grass goes dormant, in order to protect it from the cold and harsh weather. To do this, the grass will conserve its energy by hibernating in a state of dormancy. It’s not dead, it’s simply protecting itself, so it’s best to remove any obstructions from the grass and the lawn to ensure the grass can grow back in the spring. Dormant grass can be quite fragile, so it’s important to allow it to receive all the nutrients it can get.
Finally, our last tip for january landscaping in Athens is to check for any winter weed growth, and treat and remove anything that you see. Whether you’re using a pre emergent weed killer, or you’re pulling the weeds out by hand, you don’t want winter weeds to get ahold of your lawn during the cooler months. Winter weeds can harm your grass while it’s in its dormant state, and can grow even stronger in the spring if left to flourish. To preserve your beautiful landscaping, it’s important to take care of your lawn while we move through the winter season, so it has the best chance to grow back healthy and strong in spring.