January Yard and Garden Tips

Things to do:


Lawns and Gardens

  • Soil Testing – If you have not taken a soil test in your lawn or vegetable garden, now is a great time.  The soil test will measure the nutrients already in the soil, and provide directions for how much fertilizer to apply and when to apply it based on the turfgrass or crop grown.  If the soil pH is low the test will also call for a lime application.  Lime takes 6 months or more to neutralize soil acidity, so now is a great time to apply lime if needed.  Soil tests cost $6.00 - information and soil test bags and forms are available at your local Clemson Extension Office.


  • Pruning - now is a great time to prune most trees and shrubs. However, do not prune azalea, dogwood, forsythia, redbud and rhododendron - they should be pruned after they bloom, since they set blooms in the fall. Almost anything that blooms after June 1 (except oakleaf hydrangea and late-flowering azalea cultivars) can be pruned safely now. See Pruning Trees and Pruning Shrubs for more information.
  • Tree Planting - the winter months when trees are dormant are excellent times to plant. Be careful that you do not plant them too deep or with too much soil amendment. See Planting Trees Correctly for information on the proper way to plant a tree.