If the winter is coming and you have a backyard with plants, furniture, and other items, you should prepare it for the cold weather and snow. What to do if you don’t have skills? What are easy and simple ways to protect your garden during winter season? Nothing is more relaxing than sitting on the porch surrounded by beautiful flowers during spring and summer. But to have this small piece of paradise, you should know how to protect everything that is outside. Having herbs, flowers, and other plants look amazing, but it requires time and energy.
Ways to protect your garden during winter
Not only that you need to protect the garden, but also, find ways to improve your backyard and to make it even more beautiful than it is now. Winter weather is unpredictable, especially if you live in the northern part of the USA. But, you should not relax even if you live in Southern states. Low temperatures and snow are not good for your garden (for most of the plants). If gardening is your hobby, then learn some of the hacks that will allow you to have your plants every year.
Mulch is the most important thing for your garden, not only during the winter, but all year round. But, during the winter season, it is like a blanket for your plants and the best protector. You should apply a thick 3 to 5-inch layer of mulch after the first hard freeze and that’s is – simple and easy.
Watering plants during winter? Yes, because evergreen trees and shrubs lose a great amount of water during cold and weather and you need to provide irrigation (unless rainfall is sufficient). Also, soil moisture will protect dormant and evergreen plants. Water all plantings at least 24h before hard-freezing weather.
If you have sensitive trees in your garden, it requires special protection during the winter months. Those trees are having thin or smooth bark, so you can use commercial protective material to prevent winter sunscald. Also, newly planted trees should be protected and some trees require staking.
Protect water features
Water features can decorate your garden, but they also need protection during the winter months. Never allow the pump to freeze, so remove the pump and store it in the garage or basement over winter. Ceramic water features can crack with freezing temperatures, that is why you need to store them too indoors.
One of the ways to protect your garden during winter is to put plants indoors, in a sheltered location. Of course, only store plants that are sensitive to winter. After the winter months are finished, put them outside again.