Wet, cold and windy weather can cause significant damage to shrubs, trees and different garden structures like a trellis for example. By enhancing shelter, mulching, staking plants, re-arranging plants, you should be able to keep your plants and garden safe.
Many people use protective coverings to keep their plants safe. These coverings are perfect for sheltered areas. However, in very cold and open areas, even the strongest plants will probably need further protection to avoid damage. Pot plants and evergreen plants belong to the risk category, so take special care of these plants during winter.
You should use protective coverings and wrappings when you notice the first frosts. You should also start changing your cultivation practices from late summer in order to prepare the plants for these changes. This protection with the help of cultivation includes many different practices. First of all, homeowners must avoid the use of fertilisers packed with nitrogen during autumn and winter. Next, they should also cover the soil. Greater soil exposure can lead to leaching of important nutrients. As we have already mentioned, plants can be kept safe from low temperatures by wrapping. There is special horticultural fleece for this purpose. It’s also a good idea to shelter the plant in a protected spot.
Of course, there are other measures that every garden enthusiast can use. For example, prior to the beginning of winter, you can inspect the structures in the garden and reattach or replace damaged or loose roofs, panels, fences and posts. There are some great solid fences on the market that can protect against the wind. You can also use windbreaks which are perfect for windy and cold spots. If you are looking for a temporary solution you can also use netting or woven hurdles.
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