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Flowers sprouting in the midsouth in early spring.

Midsouth Garden Checklist for January and February

As January progresses and comes to an end, gardeners find themselves in a unique position. Although winter still has a firm grip on many regions, there is a subtle shift in the air – a promise of the vibrant life that spring will soon bring to our gardens. This transitional period provides an excellent opportunity to prepare your garden for the upcoming season. At Rich-Way Landscape, we understand the importance of proactive garden care. Therefore, we have compiled a comprehensive midsouth garden checklist to guide you through the pivotal final months of winter. 

Assess and Plan Your Garden Checklist

January and February are the perfect months to evaluate the current condition of your garden and envision its future. Take a walk around your outdoor space and make note of any areas that require attention or improvement. Consider factors such as the amount of sun exposure, soil quality, and potential landscape projects. Then, create a rough plan for any changes or additions you want to make in the upcoming months. 


Maintaining the health of your garden requires regular pruning. It is best to prune deciduous trees and shrubs while still dormant. This involves removing dead or diseased branches, shaping overgrown foliage, and promoting healthy growth patterns. When pruning flowering shrubs, be careful not to remove any buds that will bloom in the upcoming spring. 

Clean and Organize

A well-maintained garden not only looks beautiful but also helps in better plant growth. So, clearing debris, such as fallen leaves, branches, and weeds that may have accumulated during the winter is essential. You should also clean and sharpen your gardening tools to ensure they are in good condition for the upcoming busy months. Take some time to organize your gardening shed or storage area and check the supplies inventory. Restock as needed so you are ready to tackle any gardening tasks that come your way. 

Soil Preparation

Having healthy soil is essential for a flourishing garden as it forms the foundation of your garden. To ensure your soil is healthy, check its pH levels and amend it using organic fertilizers to provide the necessary nutrients for plant growth. Adding compost or mulch can also improve your soil structure, retain moisture, and suppress weed growth. By preparing your soil now, you will create a fertile environment for your spring planting. 

Plan for Planting

Although it may feel early, January and February are great months to begin planning your spring planting strategy. Take some time to research and choose the flowers, vegetables, and herbs that you want to grow based on your garden’s layout. To ensure you have what you need, order your seeds or bulbs or attend seed swaps. Consider starting your seeds indoors. 

Maintenance Tasks

Paying attention to the essential maintenance tasks for maintaining a healthy garden ecosystem is necessary. You should regularly check and clean your bird feeders, baths, and houses. This will help to attract beneficial wildlife to your garden. Additionally, inspecting your outdoor lighting fixtures and irrigation systems regularly is crucial to identify any damages or inefficiencies. If any issues are found, they should be addressed promptly. You should also be watchful for any signs of pest or disease activity in your garden and take preventative measures to protect your plants. 

Let Us Help Complete Your Midsouth Garden Checklist!

If you’re finding it hard to maintain a beautiful and lush landscape or simply don’t have the time for it, you can always count on Rich-Way Landscape for assistance. At Rich-Way Landscape, we understand that not everyone has the expertise, time, or inclination to nurture their outdoor spaces. That’s where we come in. Our skilled professionals are dedicated to creating and maintaining stunning landscapes tailored to your preferences and lifestyle. From design and installation to ongoing maintenance, we’ve got you covered. Say goodbye to the stress of keeping your outdoor oasis looking its best, and contact Rich-Way Landscape today for all your needs. Let us turn your vision into a reality, hassle-free. To schedule a consultation, please call (901) 853-9590

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