Tips for Winter Plant Protection
Creating a plan for winter plant protection is an important part of caring for your lawn, garden, and flower beds. A winter freeze and heavy snowfall can cause a lot of damage to plants and smaller trees if they are not protected properly. Fortunately, there are a lot of ways you can keep your plants and flowers warm throughout the colder seasons.
Always water plants before a freeze to prevent roots from drying out. Additionally, wet soil is warmer than dry soil and will provide more insulation for winter plant protection.
Add a 3-inch protective layer of fresh mulch around flowers and plants, leaving about a ½ inch space directly around the stem for air circulation. The circulating air will help prevent rot and distribute nutrients into the soil as the mulch decomposes.
Bring Plants Indoors
One of the easiest ways to protect potted plants from freezing in cold weather is to bring them indoors. Make sure they can still get plenty of sunlight and take them back outside as soon as possible.
Create cages or supports around plants using wooden supports, chicken wire cages, or an upside-down bucket or flower pot. Cover with burlap, or a sheet or blanket, and secure the cover to the ground with stakes or rocks all around the perimeter. Remember to remove the covers during the day so the plants can still get adequate sunlight.
Use a Lamp
Lamps meant for outdoor use can also be used for added warmth and winter plant protection. Make sure they are situated appropriately and not touching any coverings.
Avoid Snow & Salt Damage
In addition to preparing for cold temperatures, you should plan for snow removal. Heavy snow and salt used on driveways and sidewalks can damage flowers and plants. When shoveling and removing snow, be sure not to pile it on grass or plants. Be aware of areas where snow may naturally fall, like from a roof or overhang, and cover plants that are in danger. If removing snow from plants and branches becomes necessary, use extreme caution and remove snow by hand with gloves.
Another beneficial strategy for keeping plants, shrubs, and trees healthy is hiring a professional to perform seasonal maintenance. Diamond Lawns in Idaho can help with tree and shrub care, as well as pest control, fertilization, and weed control. Contact us today for more information about keeping your yard and garden looking great all year, or for more tips for effective winter plant protection. You can also learn more about the maintenance and services Diamond Lawns offers by clicking here.