Baby, it’s cold outside! While you pull on your coziest sweaters and fuzziest socks, don’t forget about keeping all the lovely things around you protected as the temperatures continue to drop. This includes your plants! While some varieties are tough and possess a penguin-like resilience against the cold, others are more delicate and require a little TLC. In order to preserve the hard work you invested during the warmer months and to keep your flowers safe and blooming come spring, SampleHouse has a wheelbarrow full of tips and tricks to keep you and your plants happy and healthy during the most wonderful time of the year.
First things first: While you can still get outside during the day without losing all the feeling in your nose, prep your garden for some very cold nights. Start by cleaning your beds and cutting back dry and dead stems. If we happen to get a hard a freeze, adding a 6-inch layer of mulch post-thaw will help prevent pesky rodents from setting up house in your beds.
If you have evergreens in your yard, you can provide a functional (and fashionable!) “jacket” to protect them from the harsh winter wind, using four posts and a length of burlap as in Better Homes and Gardens’ simple template. Creating a similar screen around your roses and filling the dead space with shredded dry leaves will also help protect your bushes against a fierce winter.
Hardier plants and bushes, such as oaks, maples, and hydrangeas, are typically able to tough it out in extreme temperatures, but removing any dead or overgrown sections will prevent issues that can arise during the winter months. Changes in color to bronze or yellow are common in evergreens, but beware of brown. According to HGTV’s Paul James, the dreaded brown color usually signals a plant’s death. Should this happen, pay your respects, remove the plant, and move on with a healthy new addition.
There are several more tips and tricks out there to keep your flowers and greenery viable during the colder months, but these should get you started on your winter prep. When spring arrives with its bursts of color and friendly sunshine, SampleHouse will post tips to help you finally nab that Yard of the Month trophy. Until then, keep gardening, you fabulous gardener, you.