January Gardening Tips

Tuesday, January 1, 2019
Happy New Year, indeed it can be for your garden! We believe the horticultural staff at Van Hage are not the only gardeners that getting excited with each new year. Soon enough it’ll be Spring, the season of renewal and growth and of course great gardening. In the meantime there are a number of things you can be doing this January to keep your garden in tiptop shape as we start the new year. January is often celebrated as a time of change and aspirations, why not consider these fresh outlooks when it comes to your garden. Plan ahead to Summer and begin to imagine the life you are soon to inject into the natural space.

Feed the birds

Putting food out for birds is encouraged all year round but it more important in winter. For obvious reasons bird’s have to change their diet in colder months to adapt to what food is available for them. In the season of goodwill we believe feeding the birds should definitely be added to your list of things to do this January.

What food to provide? via RSPB


    • Black sunflower seeds
These are an excellent year-round food, and in many areas are even more popular than peanuts. The oil content is higher in black than striped ones, and so they are much better. Sunflower hearts (the husked kernels) are a popular no-mess food.

    • Bird cake and food bars
Fat balls and other fat-based food bars are excellent winter food.

    • Rice and cereals
Cooked rice, brown or white (without salt added) is beneficial and readily accepted by all species during severe winter weather.
Here at Van Hage we have a fantastic range of bird feeders, foods, nest boxes and accessories to choose from. We hope our selection can inspire you to put food out for the birds of your garden this Winter.


By this point your should have already planted your Spring bulbs at the later end of 2014. Summer 2015 bulbs will soon be appearing on sale in one of our Van Hage Garden Centres. January is a fantastic time to assess your garden and plan ahead for this Summer’s bloom.


Your hedges may look like they can withstand the elements but in times of heavy snowfall they may need a helping hand! Remove any excess snow you can that may be weighing down your hedges or shrubs.
If you haven’t already had the chance to fleece your hedges and particularly vulnerable plants then do so! Its never too late to wrap them up from the chill!

Beds and borders

The key to great soil for the coming bloom is to continue to fork and dig over soil in each bed. Once a month should do it until the weather starts to pick up and you can begin planting.


January is right in the midst of Britain’s coldest weather. During periods of low temperatures, frost or rain it is advised that you keep off the grass to avoid damaging its surface. Staying off the lawn this month means there will be no lawn to fix in later months! Tidying up the lawn edges should be OK to do in January but again, be weary of frost and avoid standing on the grass, this could leave patches of dead brown grass

House plants

There is not much to be done for House Plants in Winter. During these colder months your plants will not need watering so much which lends itself nicely to taking a holiday!
Join us next month for February gardening tips.