January Tips and Tasks

Snow covered shrub

  • Heavy snow and ice loads can damage shrubs. Using an upward motion, gently sweep snow loads off of shrubs to prevent breakage. But oftentimes bent or weighed down branches will spring back after the snow/ice melts.
  • Problem tree branches (hanging very low or storm damaged), may be removed as needed. It is not necessary to wait until spring for this type of pruning.
  • Cut back or stop fertilizing houseplants unless they are grown under supplemental lighting.

Houseplant

  • Avoid the temptation to start seeds too early. Check seed packets for detailed information on starting various types of flowers. Do not depend on window sill light to grow these seedlings. Refer to our instructions on starting seeds indoors.
  • Don’t store firewood inside your home. Only bring in enough to burn at one time. Bark and other wood boring beetles may emerge inside the home.
  • Be on the lookout for spotted lanternfly egg masses on the trunks of trees.
Spotted lanternfly egg mass
Spotted lanternfly egg mass
Photo: Emelie Swackhamer, Penn State University, Bugwood.org

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