We all know that the cold winter weather is bad news for our delicate plants. But even our good sturdy ones that are pretty resilient against the cold can suffer some pretty dire consequences when it comes to the intense combination of persistent frost and snow. If you’re worried that your perennials might end up struggling to make it to the other side of winter, here are some ways you can shelter them and boost the chances of them holding up against that cold and snow.
Wrap Burlap Around Shrubs and Small Trees
The combination of wind, cold and even sun can all way heavily on the welfare of those newly planted conifers and shrubs. Before the full throttle of frost and winter arrive, pick up some quality burlap from your local garden center. Make sure there’s enough of the fabric to cover the majority of the tree or shrub and double wrap it, or drape it like a tent. Tie it in place and use the support of some stakes if necessary, but make sure it’s loose enough for the plant to breathe.
Cover Small Perennials
When it comes to awkwardly shaped plants that are low to the ground, try to get creative with your source of windbreak and protection. Anything that can fit around and shield the crown of the plant should suffice. You can find glass or plastic cloches, for example, at your local garden center that provides a nice barrier against the harsh environment.
Mulching your plants and trees is one of the best ways you can provide protection from the elements, in both the summertime and wintertime. It’s usually best to add a generous coat of mulch after the first freeze but before the big dose of snow arrives. Applying after the first freezing temperatures helps prevent rodents from nesting for the winter. You can use just about any type of mulch. But it’s important to add a thick layer of it in order for it to really protect those roots and keeping moisture in.
Plastic Wraps and Twine
For any particularly delicate perennials, you can also try creating a makeshift greenhouse, or mimicking the concept of it by covering your plants in plastic, while using twine to secure it in place.
If you haven’t already tucked your plants in for the winter, now is the time! Ensure that your perennials make it through the winter by using these methods for providing the protection they need against that frost and snow. If you are looking for help winterizing your plants for the winter, call Hansen Lawn & Gardens today!