With wintertime around the corner, time to get your shrubs and garden ready for the colder weather. By winterizing your shrubs and garden, you will ensure that your shrubs and evergreens retain their luster when spring comes around again. Winterizing also helps you protect your shrubs and trees from disease, injury and breakage that all-too-often happens when shrubbery and trees are left to fend for themselves during the winter months.
Of course, getting your shrubs and garden ready for winter doesn’t have to break your spirit or the garden hoe. Follow these easy steps, and you will protect your beautiful shrubs and garden from the ill-effects of ice, snow, rain, sleet, and wind inherent in four-season climates.
Clip and Prune Branches
To prevent disease and breakage over the winter, you will need to clip and prune the branches of your shrubbery. Focus your efforts on smaller branches which are more prone to injury and breakage. Leave the larger branches alone, unless they show signs or injury, rot or breakage.
Tent Your Shrubs
If you’re worried about snow and ice damage to your shrubbery over the winter months, build a tent over your shrubs for added support. Individual rods of bamboo or long sticks from your yard can be used to bolster smaller shrubs in your hard. Household twine or rope can be used to secure the sticks in place. Plywood is handy for rows of shrubs and hedges. Simply make a teepee and your shrubbery is ready for winter. Check with your local garden center for other ideas and implements to support your shrubs during those treacherous winter months.
We often think of using mulch during the summer months to keep moisture in and weeds out. But, mulch is also handy in the winterization process. Piling mulch around the base of your bushes and shrubs will keep the moisture in during a freeze, essential for evergreens that brown when dry. Mulch also balances the temperature around the plants and shrubs which prevents injury to root systems.
Commercial Tree Wrap
Gardeners know that commercial tree wrap or burlap is a cheap and handy tool for winterizing trees in your yard. Construct a screen by stretching the burlap between sturdy wooden stakes and your trees will be able to withstand winter’s harsh elements. Wrapping your tree also prevents damage to your tree trunks which can crack and split from exposure to extreme temperatures in the winter. Burlap is also a handy tool for protecting your shrubbery from the elements throughout the winter.
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By M.G. Hardiman | Published 4/14/2009