A cover can be placed over plants that are less than 5 feet tall to protect them from frost, snow and dry winter wind.
You can use a polythene sheet or fabric covers such as blankets or quilts. The basic idea behind this method is to create a cushion of air between the plant and the protective cover.
This method can only be effective when there is no contact between the cover and the plant.
You will have to erect a supporting cane next to the plant to act as a prop for the cover. This cane has to be slightly taller than the plant to provide sufficient room at the top.
You can drape the cover over the plant and secure it to the ground using concrete bricks or rocks.
Most fabric covers will block sunlight from reaching the plant. Such covers should therefore be taken off periodically when the weather improves for the plant to access sunlight before being placed back again.
#5 – Knock Off Snow From Tree Branches
Accumulating snow on tree branches puts plenty of extra weight on branches and leaves. This can cause them to sag or even break off.
Here’s the deal:
Young trees, hedges and shrubs are the most vulnerable to injuries arising from heavy snow. You can prevent such damage by using a broom or a long pole to knock off snow from the branches and leaves of such plants before the snow freezes.
Ensure that you do this as gently as possible to ensure that you don’t inadvertently injure the plant in the process.
#6 – Use Anti-Transpirant Spray
Of all the winter plant protection products anti-transpirant spray is my favourite. The leaves of evergreen plants and shrubs can be sprayed with anti-transpirant to prevent them from drying out during winter.
And the best part?
Anti-transpirant can be purchased at any gardening supplies store. A single round of spraying will protect the leaves from drying and frost damage for up to 3 months.
It is advisable to spray your plants before winter begins.
#7 – Build A Temporary Shelter
You can construct a frame to cover small outdoor plants such as flowers and other perennials.
The frame should be able to protect the plants against snow and dry winds without blocking out sunlight.
The great thing is it is a piece of cake:
A simple frame can be constructed by erecting four wooden poles around the plants and placing a transparent sheet of polythene over the poles all the way to the ground.
The polythene sheet can be secured at the bottom with concrete blocks or heavy rocks. You can leave a small gap at one edge of the frame for ventilation.
#8 – Avoid Stepping On Lawn Grass During Winter
Grass cannot be covered or moved to a different location during adverse weather conditions.
Most species of grass will become dormant during the winter months before going through a new growth phase when the weather gets warmer.
Walking on grass when the ground is frozen will harm the plants even though they might be dormant.
Frozen grass leaves will easily break off when pressure is applied to them. Furthermore, stepping on frozen soil can also lead to further compaction of the soil, causing more problems for the roots below.
This part is easy:
Create a single path for walking across the lawn during winter to avoid disturbing the whole lawn area.
#9 – Water The Soil
Watering the soil during winter might sound like a bad idea but it actually helps. Moist soil retains heat more effectively compared to dry soil.
But remember this:
You should never water the plant when the soil is already frozen as this will cause the soil to harden further and choke the roots.
So there you go it really is that simple to protect your plans during the colder winter months. But if you can think of anything I have left off please let me know.
Want to learn more about making the most of your home and your garden in winter? You can find further information here:
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Steve is a one time gardening hater turned into gardening obsessive. This was all thanks to going to University where a two year stint spent transforming the previously horrific garden of the student house he lived in left him addicted to all things horticultural! Now with a new house in tow and due to some fortunate circumstances he is free to test out a whole host of gardening equipment. Find out more about Steve or drop him an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.