Winter season can be harsh and sometimes even deadly to some of the plants you grow, therefore it’s essential to learn to properly take care of them. Firstly, you should always check the weather conditions to be alert of frost and snow coming your way but most importantly, you should know how to protect them from those cold winter temperatures. Discover 7 great ways of protecting your plants this season.
Always check the weather
As mentioned above, you should always check the forecast if you are serious about gardening. The weather can make a massive difference in how your plants will grow and how you should act on it. You’ll soon become a weather expert! By knowing the weather, you should be able to protect your plants but also determining what kinds of plants you should be buying. We would advise buying a little weather station in your garden with rainfall, wind, sun and temperature tracking.
Bring your potted plants inside
It may sound a bit silly, especially if you have a lot of plants but sometimes bringing your plants, inside your garage or veranda can be a total lifesaver. However, you need to be really careful to not bring them to a location that is much warmer than outside, so for example, we would advise to not bring them in your living room, doing so could kill them because of the sudden temperature shock.
We would advise you to leave your plants outside, in a sunny spot, during the day and bring them inside overnight.
Use a cloche or a polytunnel
A cloche or a polytunnel can really be life-changing if you live in a cold country or region. Indeed, a polytunnel works basically like a greenhouse, using the sun to trap heat, but they are much cheaper than a greenhouse. Moreover, they’ll protect your plants from wind, rain, snow as well. You can find them in specialized companies such as Premier Polytunnels, they normally offer a wide range of sizes that will fit any garden.
Cover your plants with a blanket!
If you are regularly checking the weather, you should be able to know when the weather will change and turn frosty. Covering your plants with a blanket is an effective way to prevent snow and frost from coming into contact with your plants. Some people use an old blanket or a cloth to shelter their plants however we would advise investing in a proper frost blanket because they’re sturdier and can deal with extremely low temperatures.
Winter mulch is really important to insulate your plants from freezing temperatures. You should especially do this for your weakest and newest plants as they are more likely to suffer from the harsh winter conditions. There are many mulches that you can use, one of the most popular is snow; free and easy to handle, snow works as a great insulator. But you can also use materials such as manure, bark chippings, shredded leaves or straw.
Don’t forget to water your plants
It may sound a bit counterproductive but watering your plants is really important during winter seasons. Just like your skin, cold weather tends to dry and remove all moisturize of your plants, to make sure you don’t overdo it, always check that the soil is dry to the touch before doing anything. Watering them will encourage them to keep growing and flourish during spring. On the other hand, do not overwater them, this could result in the ground completely freezing over, causing winter rot.
Stay off your lawn
Technically not a plant but if you care about your lawn, you should try your best to avoid walking on it when it’s covered in frost. By doing this, you will avoid leaving footprints and damaging/breaking the grass, the problem is, damaged grass may never recover and is really messy and dirty to look at.
To conclude, it is essential to take proper care of your plants, trees, and lawn especially during the winter months. By doing so, you’ll secure a beautiful and thriving garden for spring and winter. Some plant varieties have no issues growing in cold conditions however some may be much more vulnerable such as palm, avocado trees or geraniums. If, despite all your best efforts, your plants do get damaged in the frost, do not panic and try to prune out the damaged areas and apply fertilizer to encourage re-growth.