January Lawn & Garden Tips

In the Garden

      • Get ready, get set, plant! Dormant plants like roses, fruit trees, berries and more are ready to be planted in the garden.
      • It's rose season. Now is the time to prune your roses and plant new roses. Remove dead and damaged branches first, and then prune canes back by 1/3 making cuts just above an outward facing bud, on a 45-degree angle. Choose from tried and true roses like Mr. Lincoln, Double Delight, or Iceberg. Armstrong also has several new roses for 2019 including All Dressed Up, Arctic Blue, Celestial Night and Life of the Party.
      • Remember to water. Even in cold, plants need water to keep hydrated. Adjust your irrigation with the winter rain. 
      • Put the snap back in your garden & pots by adding cool season colorful Snapdragons, pansies, violas, cyclamen, English primose and more.
      • Sow your wildflower seeds. Scatter Gaillardia, Godetia, Poppy and Lupine seeds now for beautiful springtime bouquets.
      • Smother over-wintering pests  by spraying with a dormant oil, use Bonide Copper Fungicide to control disease and leaf curl.
      • Need a landscape overhaul? Book a landscape design by Armstrong Garden Centers. A local Armstrong designer will walk your space discussing your lifestyle and preferences. Book now so you're ready for spring planting.  
      • Rake up leaves. Not only do leaves and debris look messy but they can cause diseases in the lawn and garden.
      • Get your landscape blooming. No need for a dull winter landscape. Plant azaleas and camellia sasanquas for great landscape color. Remember, all trees and shrubs at Armstrong are guaranteed for life.
      • Prevent garden weeds. Now is the time to apply a weed preventer to the garden. Armstrong recommends Convern Weed Preventer for use in flower gardens, vegetable gardens and in the landscape around trees and shrubs.

In the House

      • Brighten up your interiors with Houseplants. Houseplants are the hottest garden trend with a movement towards architectual houseplants. Choose from the trending Fiddleleaf Fig or pilea peperomiodes or the shapely calathea 'Medallion', alocasia 'African Mask' or the aglomena 'Butterfly'. Our California Certifed Nursery Professionals can help you select a houseplant that will thrive.
      • Houseplants without Soil. Get the ultimate in low-care gardening with tillandsia, often called air plants. These beauties come in a variety of shapes and sizes perfect as accents on a coffee table or in a glass vessel with moss.
      • Turn your plants: Turn houseplants half way so they don’t grow too much toward the light.
For the Lawn
      • Prevent summer weeds. Now is the time to prevent crabgrass that emerges in the summer. Apply Armstrong Crabgrass Preventer now.
      • Time to lay sod or reseed the lawn. The cooler temperatures along with seasonal rain makes now the perfect time to lay Marathon sod for an instant lawn or seed smaller patches.
      • Mower maintenance. Now is a good time to clean and maintain your lawn mower and other gardening equipment.