How to protect backyard plants in the winter?
It’s becoming increasingly common to grow plants in the backyard that come from places with milder climate. And even though they need to be protected during winter, they’re still worth growing in your backyard, as these are usually very Decorative plants. Those plants tend to be used to long and warm autumns. In plenty of cases they don’t hibernate for winter at all, and only slow down their vegetation – such is the case with evergreens.
How to protect plants from ground frost
The backyard plants with highest Risk of getting damaged by frost are the ones that start vegetation early as well as species from warmer climates, which are growing in popularity as backyard plants.
Here are several basic tips that will help minimize the frost-related dangers:
- Delicate species that start vegetating early should not be planted in depressions, as that’s where colder air accumulates, causing frost to occur. These are so-called frost magnets.
- Very sensitive plants are best to be grown in the sheltered parts of the backyard, as well as at the foot of retaining walls and building walls. Stone surfaces that get warmed up by the sun during the day radiate heat for a long time, preventing sudden temperature drops during night hours.
- We should ensure adequate air humidity. The water in the soil warms up during the day, accumulating heat, which will radiate gradually during cold, springtime nights.
- Proper fertilizing is not without significance either. Excess nitrogen, combined with potassium deficiency, weakens the condition of plants significantly, thus contributing to their vulnerability to frost-related damages. That’s why we shouldn’t overdo it with nitrogen fertilizers in the early spring and use Multi-ingredient fertilizers that contain potassium.
How to save frozen plants
If we have failed to protect our plants from frost and they are damaged, all that is left to do is minimize the damage by taking proper care of the chilled ones. Above all, we should remember that frozen parts of plants, when exposed to sun rays, get damaged fast.
When not having enough shading nets, we can also turn on the sprinklers – defrosting with cold water also helps minimize the damage. The jet of water has to be gentle so that it doesn’t break the stiff stalks and leaves. Freezing has caused them to weaken and they may be more prone to Diseases and vulnerable to pests. It’s also important to water them regularly and fertilize in a balanced way, so that the plants go back to a good condition by the middle of the season.
What to Cover plants with for winter?
Leaves are a cheap yet rather insufficient solution. They may be blown away by the first gust of wind, they often make a hotbed for Diseases, and local rodents love seeking shelter in them. Leaves are good for protecting flower bulbs and perennial plants. We can use them to wrap the bases of trees and certain bushes.
Straw wrappings have a very long history (those who read their books know it) and still enjoy large popularity to this day. For protection of roses, magnolias, hydrangeas and other plants that are particularly sensitive to freezing cold, straw stacks are used. Vines can be protected with straw mats. It’s better not to use straw to Cover evergreens and bushes.
Shading nets protect from cold, wind and strong sun. They are popular to use among owners of tree farms. This method of Protecting plants has plenty of advantages, but isn’t very popular among amateur gardeners, mostly for aesthetic reasons. The best choice for Protecting plants is a net with 40-60% shading.