Ways to Winterize Your Garden. When winter knocks the door, there are a lot of changes that do occur. Sometimes, the complete landscape is covered by frost, the presence of snow flurries, and blustering winds. But remember the landscape also includes the garden where you have planted. The effect of winter is that the pants in your garden will either catch diseases or die. The following are some ways in which you can winterize your garden for the purpose of plant protection till the winter season is over.
1. Have a Know-how of Your Zone of Residence
Before doing anything, be it building or planting, you first need to carry out some research. This also applies to when winterizing your garden. First, you need to know and have an understanding of the weather. In this case, you need to know which the average yearly extreme minimum temperature during the winter season. This will help you come up with an action plan. You can obtain this information by visiting USDA website, which has outdoor thermometers. Here, you will obtain information on the dates which frost does occur, and the expected freeze.
Ways to Winterize Your Garden
2. Clip, Cut, Chop, and Clean
Make sure before the winter gets you, the garden is tidy. Begin by removing stalks that are of no importance and other debris which may be the ideal place for diseases and pests to incubate. Making sure that your garden is free from dead foliage is a guarantee that all through the winter season, it will clean. This will exempt you from tasks like grooming when spring season comes.
3. Divide Perennials
The best time ever to divide different types of plants in the whole USA is during the fall season. Experts recommend that the ideal time to do this dividing is 2 months before the freezing of the ground. This is to enable the perennials to establish before frost takes over. What to look at when dividing are plant clumps which do not do a lot of flowering and those plants which bear spots at the center.
4. Do Spread Mulching in the Garden
Actually, mulching is considered to be the best thing to do to perennials that have just been planted. This is because they still don’t have an extensive and well established root system. The best time to do mulching is when the ground has begun to freeze. The importance of mulch is to maintain the garden ground frozen or cold for the complete winter season until spring arrives. Maintaining the cold temperatures will help in preventing the freezing cycles that happen in the soil which can cause some plants to be uprooted by the ground. Also, it is advisable to add some more mulch when the existing one has thinned out.
5. Design/Create Wind Breaks
Evergreens are known as plants which have foliage all year-round. Though this is the case, if these evergreens are left exposed, they will be victims of wind burn. The best measure to take in preventing this from happening is preparing during the fall season when the ground is not frozen. Insert three stakes into the ground to form a V-shape, in that they are on the windward side of the plant you intend to protect from the wind burn. Proceed to wrap the stakes with some fabric that will provide shelter to the plants. There are some places where the snowfall is too much. In such an environment, make sure you rub off the snow from the plant branches using a garden brush. By doing this, you will have prevented additional weight caused by the snow which may break the branches.
6. Hydrate Evergreens
If the autumn season was dry, the best way to handle that is to do a deep soak during the fall season. Actually, there are broadleaf evergreens like hollies and conifers like yews which can be greatly affected by wind burns. The susceptibility of these plants comes about because they do emit a lot of moisture from their leaves. Such plants should regularly be watered when fall starts to cool so as to compensate for the rapid moisture loss, dry wind, and sun damage.
7. Collect Fallen Leaves.
The wind during this winter season makes a lot of leaves to fall down. Never leave the leaves scattered and fallen on the ground during this winter season. If left there, other plants like grass will be suffocated. Instead, gather them together and use them as mulch in the garden.