January Gardening Tips for the Midwest & Mountain Region

January Gardening Tips for the Midwest & Mountain Region

“I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure in the landscape – the loneliness of it – the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it – the whole story doesn’t show.”
– Andrew Wyeth

The important thing to remember this month is while the gray skies take over and the cold temperatures creep in, is that “something waits beneath it – the whole story doesn’t show.”

Make sure that when the story begins to unfold, it is a beautiful one with these January gardening tips for the Midwest and Mountain Region of the United States.

January Gardening Tips

U.S. Gardening Region Map

Landscape Tips

  • In college there was this soccer field right outside the dorm room that I lived in. All winter long college students trekked across it. When spring came around the soccer field would completely torn up with bare spots right where the students had walked. Eventually the soccer teams coach made efforts to prevent students from walking across it. After that the field would be intact when spring arrives. Let’s make sure this winter we avoid traffic on the same spots on our lawns.
  • Make sure to protect your trees during the heavy snows. To learn more about how to protect your trees, please see, 3 Ways to Protect Your Trees From Harsh Winters.

Fruit and Vegetable Tips

  • Old Farmer’s Almanac recommends checking your fruit trees during January for evidence of rodents.
  • According to Better Homes and Gardens you can start seeding slow growing plants indoors. They recommend doing this with parsley, thyme and tarragon.

Perennial and Annual Tips

  • Give your perennials a little while mulch this month. When shoveling your driveway or sidewalks, lightly pour the extra snow on your perennials.

General Gardening Tips

  • Midwest Living encourages Midwest gardeners to take the time to start dreaming about their gardens. To help with this they suggest using a journal to collect photos and write notes.


From landscaping to general gardening, these practical gardening tips will help those who live in the Midwest & Mountain Region of the U.S.

Bonus tip: Looking to recycle your Christmas tree? You won’t want to miss, 5 Ways You Can Recycle Christmas Trees.

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