January Tips & Tricks for South Florida Landscapes

Winter has now hit South Florida with its cold temperatures it’s time for us to take note of the damage that it has done to our landscapes but not corrective measures till the end of February. Early pruning to cold damaged plants can cause additional damage or even death to them. Its at this time of the year we should also be vigilant in protecting our plants from cold weather by bringing in patio plants or covering delicate plants with tarps or burlap. Irrigation systems may also be used to protect landscapes by running each zone longer prior to frost warnings at night, allowing a coat of ice to form on the plants acting as an insulation. Prior to sunrise on the following day the zones should be run again to help thaw out the plants. This month we will go over some of the things to do.

What to do this month:

  1. It’s a good time to plant woody plants, succulents will have a harder time surviving in colder temperatures.
  2. Be sure to water frequently after installing new plant because rainfall is sporadic this time of year.
  3. Prune trees & non-spring flowering shrubs to improve there form.
  4. Celebrate Florida Arbor Day (3rd Friday in January) by planting a tree in your yard.
  5. Use yard waste and cuttings for compost in your beds.
  6. Bring in cold sensitive plants such as orchids & patio plants if a frost is predicted.
  7. Thoroughly water & cover sensitive plants in the landscape 12-24 hours before a freeze.

Planting to do list:

  1. Plants that can be added to the garden with the coolest weather include: dianthus, dusty miller, and begonia
  2. Winter is a great time to plant bulbs that will bloom in the spring such as crinum, agapanthus and Clivia lily.
  3. Many herbs that thrive in temperatures that are cooler include: thyme, dill, tarragon, fennel, and mint.
  4. Many vegetable can be planted this time of year and include: potatoes, beets, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, kale, mustard & turnips.

Until next month Happy Gardening!

If you need help regarding your landscaping, we at Garden Services are fully licensed & insured to handle all your irrigation, landscaping, lawn maintenance and tree service needs whether it’s a residential, commercial landscaping or homeowner association property. If you ever have any comments or questions, please don’t hesitate to call or email me and I’ll be happy to answer any questions that you might have. Special thanks again to UF/IFAS extension office for providing some information to this article. Until next month Happy Gardening!