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How to Protect Your Plants In The Winter

25th September 2013

If you live in a place that faces slightly strong winters and you are a gardening enthusiast, then you may want to make sure you know how to protect your flowers in the winter. You just need to take some precautions to ensure that your plants don’t suffer the brunt of cold weather. The kind of protection you give your plants will be dependent on how sturdy and strong they are. Sometimes, a small bit of care is all that is needed to bridge the gap between cold weather and keeping plants safe.

flowers in winter

The simplest and most hassle-free way of protecting your plants is to ensure that you plant only those that are suited to your climate. Each area falls under a specific climate zone, which you will be able to find out more about with your local horticulture department. You can choose a selection of plants that hibernate or die during winter and then grow back as soon as spring comes back.

However, if you prefer to have a flourishing garden through the year, here are a few things that you can do:

Look for areas in your garden that are a bit shielded, such as a corridor leading to the house or an alley, and put your plants in those areas. This will allow them the outdoors that they need while protecting them from direct contact with strong winds and snow. Chart out which areas of the garden get good sunlight, and place them in those places when the weather allows it, but make sure they are not over-exposed or the drastic change in temperatures can kill them.

If you have no choice but to house your plants in the open, then throw an old blanket or light cover on plants that are tender. This works if you have only a few nights of cold weather to protect them from. Do make sure to take the cover off during the day. Putting on small weights at the edges of the cover will ensure it does not blow away.

Bringing fragile plants indoors will also help to a large extent, but make sure you fulfill their sunlight needs. You could also consider building a make-shift green house to cover your plants and protect them. There are several DIY kits that can help with this.

The use of mulch and liberal watering are also recommended. However, when it comes to watering, some plants don’t need much.

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