Follow these tips on how to protect your plants and trees from the late fall and make them come back strong next spring.
The fall season is the busiest time in the garden because of the preparations you need to do to make sure your plants stay alive and healthy throughout the cold season. There’s a lot to be done, especially during the late winter, wherein winter and freezing temperatures start to settle.
You might be aware of how damaging cold temperatures could be to your plants. While there are cold-hardy plants that can survive the freezing temperature, most of your plants might not last through the winter, so it’s important that you learn all the necessary steps on how to protect your plants and trees from the late fall and winter. Here’s how to get started!
Fertilize Your Trees After the First Hard Frost: If you choose to feed your trees, it’s best to do it after the first hard frost to ensure that the tree is dormant to avoid or prevent the growth of tender shoots. Feeding your tree after the first hard frost will give it a jump-start on spring growth once the temperature becomes warm again.
Wrap Your Trees: Using paper wrap or plastic, gently wrap your trees to protect them from sun-scald. Wrap the tree trunk with the first branches and secure the paper wrap or plastic with twine or tape. This method serves as a safety precaution for your trees from ice storms.
Shake Off Snow and Ice From Your Plants and Trees: Use a broom to gently shake the branches and shake off the snow. Also, brush the snow away from the leaves and shrubs.
Keep Soil Temperatures as High as Possible: One of the ways on how to protect your plants and trees from the late fall is to apply mulch. Mulch acts as insulators, which helps keep the soil temperature high and prevent root injury.
Protect Your Trees From Animal Damage: If you have a garden that attracts rabbits, deer, and other animals that munch on your plants and trees’ twigs and bark, you have two solutions: either you use screens and wraps or use repellents to render undesirable taste or smell. Remember, repellent is not poison. If you’re planning to DIY, avoid harmful chemicals that might damage your trees, plants, and the animals around the area.
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