Fall is already here and the winter is knocking at the door. Time has come to offer your garden a little help to hold up the harsh winter. Gardening during the colder months can be challenging. So, just like you stay warm and take necessary precautions to be comfortable and healthy during winter, be attentive about your plants as well. Just put extra care into your landscape and it will bloom all the more beautiful in spring. Here are a few effective tips you can consider to upkeep your garden and make it winter-ready.
Track the Climate
Place a thermometer or barometer in your garden to track the weather accurately. It is a very useful technique to learn about accurate climatic conditions outside and take necessary precautions. Place the equipment away from the direct exposure of the sun for an accurate reading. Here, the thermometer helps you to gauge the temperature, while the barometer – atmospheric pressure. If the barometer rapidly fluctuates, it is a sign of unstable weather.
Protect from Harsh Wind
Winds are very common during the winter months. However, they can be very harsh to your garden plants, especially the delicate ones. Hammer a few stakes in the soil around these delicate plants and wrap them with a burlap barrier. It is a very effective way to safeguard the plants from hard winter winds. You can also use this burlap barrier to wrap the trunks of young trees.
Check Freezing and Thawing
For a healthy root system, maintaining a constant temperature is important. However, during winter, constant freezing and thawing can be damaging for your garden plants. Once a plant’s root gets damaged by frost, it is hard to save. The smartest way to prevent constant freezing and thawing is mulching. It is one of the most effective ways to keep your plants thriving through the colder months. Collect fallen leaves during the autumn, rot them, and during winter, cover the soil around the plants with these mulches. Mulching helps your plants to maintain a constant temperature and protects them from repeated frosts.
Cover Small Plants
Protect the small plants of the garden from the bad weather by covering them with flowerpots, plastic bags, laundry baskets, and so on. At night, you can even drape a quilt or blanket over these small plants to protect them from dropped temperatures and light frosts.
Want to protect the delicate plants from freezing temperatures during nights? At night, run a sprinkler over them. When the sprinkles water freezes, it will keep the plants warmer than the surrounding air. Though it is a less known trick, it is highly effective to protect plants from unruly weather.
Invest in Greenhouse
Though it is a costly and time-consuming affair, it is a very professional way to protect plants from harsh winter. So, if both your time and budget permits invest in a ready-made greenhouse. Keep all the small, young, and delicate plants in this enclosed space and let them bloom all through the winter. Greenhouses are very effective at retaining heat and keeping frosts out.
The above-mentioned tricks are truly very effective to keep your plants damage-free during winter. However, if they sound difficult and time-consuming, you can consider hiring a professional landscaper for the best solutions.
So, how will you take care of your landscape over the winter?