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Posted by: Samuel Hirshfield on February 18, 2014
Although you probably don't spend much time on your garden in the winter, you should be prepared to care for your plants should disaster occur. While some plants are able to brave the storms and remain standing proud once the bad weather has passed, others aren't so resistant and may not make it without your help. When your area is going to be hit with particularly brutal conditions, having what you need at the ready can make all the difference. Learn some cold weather garden protection tips so all your shrubs and plants will be there to bask in the sun this spring.
If you know a storm is headed your way and the soil in your yard is dry, you should give your garden a deep watering at least one day before the bad weather arrives. Soil that's moist will retain heat and acts as a better form of natural insulation than dry soil. Don't over water in the winter though, as this increases the chances of your plants developing diseases.
One of the most important measures you can take in preserving your plants is to create a barrier between them and the elements. Make sure you have plenty of frost protection material, such as floating row cover, burlap, canvas or plastic. If you need to act quickly and don't have those supplies on hand, you can always use an old sheet.
Once you've covered your plants with the protective material, make sure it's well anchored to the ground using stakes, rocks, bricks or logs.
The limbs and twigs of trees and shrubs that are more fragile can easily snap off under the pressure of snow and ice. Make them more durable by bundling their limbs together with string or twine. You can also build a wire cage with protective material on top around single plants or beds.
Remove the covers and shake off any snow after the storm has passed.
Need to rent equipment to complete your cold weather garden protection project? Please contact us anytime.
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