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How to Protect Your Garden During the Winter

How to Protect Your Garden During the Winter

Owning a garden is a beautiful thing because it comes with a lot of rewards. It also comes with a lot of responsibilities and, the same way that you have to get informed and get the recommendations when you buy the food for your dog, you have to get informed when it comes to taking care of your plants.

If you look at
your plants like your babies, the same way you do when it comes to your dog,
the way you will take care of them will make them grow and thrive and you will
get to be very proud of your accomplishments. Helping them stay safe during
winter is one of the most important things you can do to show them how much you
care.

How can cold
weather damage your plants?

First of all,
different plants react to cold differently, but most of them can experience
damage to the roots, they can get foliar damage and some of them may even die
if the weather is too cold for their needs.

With some plants, you can see the effects of low temperatures within a few days after the plant has been damaged. They usually turn black, but in other cases, the damage can be spotted only weeks after the damage has been made.

If there are
sudden changes when it comes to temperature, the plants can get bark splitting,
usually taking place near the base of the plant. This kind of damage is not
uncommon – azaleas often get it without proper care.

Evergreen
plants can have a different kind of problem like desiccation, in other terms,
the drying out of the plant. On very cold winters, when the soil freezes beyond
the root part of the plants, they can dry out. This usually occurs after dry
falls when the soil doesn’t get enough water.

How to protect
your plants from getting damaged by cold temperatures?

There are some precautionary measures you can take so that
your plants stay healthy and survive during the winter.

If you live in areas where there are harsh conditions during the winter, a great choice is to go for cultivating plants that can handle those conditions. If you want to place a palm tree in your garden and you have 14 Fahrenheit outside, it is obvious that the palm tree will not survive during the winter.

During the
fall period, it is best to let your plants harden so that they can experience
acclimatization. A good way to help them do that is not to apply excessive
nitrogen during the first part of autumn. This will not stimulate new growth,
so the plant will have enough time to harden and easily get adjusted to low
temperatures.

You have to
provide enough water during the warm periods so that the plant’s roots will not
dry out during cold periods. So it is best to prepare them in advance, in the
late summer and even in autumn, and the watering periods should be frequent.

You can
protect your plants by packing them close together and covering them with a
plastic foil that will not touch them. This is best done with plants that are
in pots. Also, you can protect the plants by wrapping burlap around them. The
burlap has the role of isolating the roots and keeping them warm during these
cold periods. It is important where you plant them because you
can have warm days during the winter that can stimulate the plants’ growth and
the temperatures might severely drop during the night. This way, the roots will
freeze. It is best to avoid low spots.

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