Winter is coming, and there are several precautions to take. There are several ways to protect trees and shrubs from freezing temperatures, but it’s also important to protect the lawn and garden.
Winter weather conditions can be very tough on all types of plants. If snow and ice are involved, then it can be even more difficult to keep plants out of the danger zone. Fortunately, there are some simple steps that anyone can take to protect against the freezing temperatures.
How to Protect Trees
One way to protect trees from winter is to buy and use paper wrap. Young saplings should be wrapped, which protects against frost and icy winds. The wrap is effective because it protects trees against icy conditions while still allowing for plenty of water and sunshine.
Most nurseries sell the paper wrap needed to keep trees safe. Another tip is to fence trees, and it works best for anyone who has only a few trees in their lawn. However, fencing is quite expensive.
Wire fencing can be used to repel pests. A great way to winterize trees is to get one more pruning in before winter. During this time, trees are much more capable of tolerating the stress caused by pruning.
When dead limbs are removed, trees gain additional protection against powerful winter storms. As cold temperatures begin to set in, a lot of moisture is drained from trees. There are products made to help trees retain moisture, and these products should be sprayed onto trees before winter.
How to Protect Shrubs
Most people use shrubs to add character and depth to their lawn or garden. The ice, rain, wind and snow brought on by winter can damage shrubs. Fortunately, there are several ways to protect shrubs.
First, it’s important to prune branches. As ice accumulates over time, it places major stress on shrubs. All of the weaker, smaller branches should be removed first.
Thicker branches are much more likely to survive the harsh winter conditions. Mulch can also be used as a form of protection, and it should be piled around the base of each shrub. Mulch is effective for preventing moisture loss; it also helps to control dramatic temperature changes.
Another tip is to wrap shrubs with tree wrap. When compared with other options, tree wrap is extremely versatile, and it can be used for both trees and shrubs.
The screen can be made by stretching the wrap between stakes. It shields shrubs from strong winds and too much sunlight. Some people like to build a teepee over their shrubs.
How to Winterize the Lawn and Garden
While it’s important to protect trees and shrubs, it’s just as important to protect the lawn and garden areas. Fortunately, there are several ways to do this.
Aeration is a great form of protection, and it opens up soil, which allows air and water to directly access plant roots. Another benefit of aeration is increased nutrient absorption.
Many people underestimate the power of a quality winterizing product. Without a high-quality winterizing product, it can be very difficult for virtually any lawn or garden to survive.
After applying this product, all debris should be removed from the lawn or garden because they cause dead spots. Flower beds should be covered with quality burlap. These are some of the best ways to protect trees, shrubs and the lawn from the conditions of winter.
Dan Riggs has always loved landscaping and as a result, founded Scottsdale Tree Trimmers to pursue his passion doing Phoenix tree trimming. Aside from tree trimming, Ryan also loves hiking and rock climbing at Camelback Mountain near Scottsdale.