Bracing Your Garden for the Winter Months

It’s never too early to start thinking about what you plan to do with your garden once the winter arrives. With the shorter days and the colder weather quickly approaching, it’s better to be prepared ahead of time than to regret not getting things together when you had the chance.
If you’re worried about your plants staying protected once the snow falls, there are some things you can do to prevent the worst from happening. Here are some tips for what you can do.

Prepare Your Plants for the Indoors

Washington’s news station WTOP says you need to remove some of your plants from the outdoors and bring them indoors to prevent them from crumbling in the elements. In order to do so, you need to hose off your plants to remove any bugs that might have made your flowers their home. This will help prevent those pesky critters from entering your home. It’s important that you use laser-sharp streams of water to get everything off. Having a reliable hose is great for this type of project. A reliable garden hose will last you five to 10 years, so make sure you buy one that will last you for many winters to come.

Protect Your Trees and Bushes

It would be really hard to pull a tree out of the ground to bring it inside to avoid the snow and ice. However, trees, shrubs, and bushes can withstand the winter months if you protect them properly.

Surround the smaller trees and shrubs with cylinder fencing and pack hay or crinkled up leaves inside to protect snow from directly touching the base of the plant. You should also remove any loose or broken branches that might be hanging from your trees so that they don’t get weighed down by the snow.

What to Do With Plants That Stay Outdoors

Vegetables such as radishes, turnips, and carrots are meant to stay out all through the winter for harvesting. In order to keep them protected, mark the rows with labeled stakes so you know what is where when the snow falls. Also, it’s very important that you cover the vegetables with a heavy, thick layer of mulch so that the ground doesn’t thaw.

As a gardener, you might be worried about the winter months impacting your plants and vegetables. However, there are steps you can take to prevent anything bad from happening. By getting prepared ahead of the winter months, you will easily be able to pick up where you left off once the weather gets warmer.

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