January a wonderful month in deep south Texas to spend time in your garden! But when we get 80 degree days like earlier this week, we're tempted to jump the gun on some garden tasks. Here's a guide for January Garden Tasks in our area.
- Landscape trees. Most established landscape trees will require a certified arborist to properly and safely prune.
- Peaches, figs, and other fruit trees. I prune to remove dead wood, to shape the tree. and to keep it a size where I can reach the fruit. We are going to plant a mango and an avocado tree and I am going to try to prune them shorter so their fruit is accessible. I never wanted to grow them before because they get so tall, I felt like I'd be growing the fruit for the possoms, racoons, and other vermin.
- Do not prune your shrubs yet. Some of our worst cold snaps (and ice storms) have arrived in February.