It’s getting cold out!
Most people tend to their plants all summer long and then forget that plants still need winter care. The MOST IMPORTANT thing to remember for evergreens is to keep them watered. Wind, snow, ice, and sudden temperature changes can dry out a plant’s water reserves. Plants take in water when it is available, but when the ground is frozen nothing can be taken up through the roots. Water needs to be replenished, especially before a period of freezing temperatures where the ground is expected to freeze. Dry periods will call for watering as well. High winds and warm sunshine on colder days will dry out plants faster. If possible for container plants, moving to a more sheltered location is recommended. For plants installed in the ground, having a fence or installed living screen of trees or shrubs also helps break the wind.
Planting varieties that are considered “hardy” for our area are always your best bet. Almost everything at our nursery is able to live happily in our zone, unless otherwise marked.
Now that most of the leaves have fallen, it is time to clean them up and tidy up the yard. Be sure to mulch your plants real well to prepare for winter frosts. This goes for dormant perennials too! This will help retain moisture, aid in transpiration, and reduce soil heaving. It helps make a landscape look neat and clean.
Thank you to Twin Branch Nursery for your great tips!
Twin Branch Nursery & Landscape | 1169 Wiley Bridge Road | (770) 926-8566