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In mild winters, the ornamental garden often comes back to life at the end of January. For us gardeners, this means that we too can become active again this month. You can find out exactly what work you can do in January in our monthly gardening tips.

Winter bloomers need insects for pollination, but only a few of them are on the way in winter. For many shrubs such as snowball, mahonie and winter blossom, fragrance serves as an additional lure in addition to the flower colour. It’s worth getting a little closer and sniffing. On mild days, the aroma often blows against you from a distance. Not all varieties smell in the magic nut, a particularly powerful perfume, for example, have ‘Pallida’ and ‘Fire Magic’. After the actual winter bloomers, another scent peak follows at the end of February, when Daphne andAbeliophyllum open their buds.

Renewing rank grids

If the climbing plants do not carry leaves, the optimal time is to renew or repaint tendrils and rose arches. Cut the climbing plants back so far that four to five long, powerful main shoots remain. After you have solved them from the rank help, you can start the renovationwork. The shoots are then routed through the grid again.

Sitka spruce lice

The Sitka spruce lice is also active in winter and can damage various spruce speciesso badly that they die. With the so-called knock sample, you can detect an infestation: hold a white sheet of paper under a branch and shake it vigorously. If a few millimetres of aphids with striking red eyes are then found on paper, you should thoroughly spray the infested plant with an environmentally friendly rapeseed oil preparation such as pest-free naturals.

Where to go with the Christmas tree?

After New Year’s Day, the first Christmas trees are already piled up on the sidewalks for pick-up.

Instead of having the Christmas tree picked up by the municipality or driving it to the parking lot of a major Swedish furniture manufacturer, you can also reuse the tree, for example, cut small as rice to protect roses from frost or sensitive perennials from cold, or to use as fuel in your log burner in the summerhouse in the warmer months.

Rubber flow of ornamental cherries

If strongly resinous juice occurs from the bark of ornamental cherries and ornamental plums, it is called rubber flow. Often the light brown plant juice can be seen on injured trunk or branch areas. Pests and diseases can be the cause, but the phenomenon can usually be observed on wet to wet soils. Such locations should be avoided for stone fruit and its ornamental forms, as well as protecting the woods from frost cracks and avoiding the winter cut. More important than removing the affected areas is an improvement of the soil. In addition to the incorporation of sand, algae lime and organic fertilizer bring vitality back to the weakened trees.

Annoying root runners

In winter they stand out: the many small, hardly branched foothills that sprout from the ground next to the actual plant. This is often observed in refined plants, such as corkscrew hazels or lilacs. The growing documents of the shrubs become independent by forming new daughter plants along the main roots. One should not wait too long to remove the unwanted growth. Once properly rooted, it will be very tedious to get rid of it.

Nesting boxes and feeders

In mild winters, the garden birds are looking for housing quite early. Therefore, hang new nesting boxes by January at the latest. A sturdy metal wire coated with a piece of garden hose is the optimal hanger: it does not cut into the tree bark and you can do without a nail. The entry hole should point eastwards, as this is the best way to protect it from invading rain.

If you want to hang a nesting box, you should not wait until spring. Many birds that spend the winter with us seek shelter in artificial nesting aids on cold nights due to the lack of natural caves. In addition, the animals like to familiarize themselves early with future breeding places

Feeding places for birds, whether hanging or mounted on a smooth post, should be at least 1.50 meters above the ground so that it is not jumped by cats. The same minimum distance is kept to dense bushes, because thrushes like to use this as cover when. An important point is hygiene: a roof that survives to the sides protects the lining from moisture. Feed them only as much as the birds can eat in one to two days. Dirty cottages are cleaned regularly with a brush and every few weeks with hot water. Alternatively, feed silos can be hung in which the seeds and seeds remain clean and dry.

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