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Prep Foundation Plants for Winter

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Help ease the transition of your plants into colder weather by prepping them for winter. Cold winter winds, rising and rapidly falling temperatures and animal browsing are just a few factors that can affect plants. The good news is that a few precautions now will pay dividends down the road with healthier, more vibrant plants that coast through winter and are ready to grow again in spring.

Ways to prepare plants for winter: mulch around trees, spiral-shape dwarf Alberta spruce and spraying water from hose.
Person wrapping tree trunk with paper tree wrap.

Wrap tree trunks to avoid winter injury. This is most helpful with newly planted trees and with those that have thin bark when young, such as maples. It prevents damage in the winter when sun-warmed sap quickly freezes at nightfall and causes bark to split. The wrap also guards against gnawing animals. Use paper tree wrap, starting an inch below soil level and wrapping up to the lowest branches. Adhere with duct tape. Remove in spring to allow for new growth.

Rabbit in garden.

Protect plants from animal pests. Deer, rabbits, squirrels and other critters often find winter sustenance in your favorite plants. To safeguard valuable shrubs and trees, surround them with hardware cloth (wire-mesh screening) to keep animals at bay. Another option is to spray with a repellent, following package instructions and reapplying as directed.

Dead vs. healthy dwarf Alberta spruce.

Preserve moisture. Evergreens are most susceptible to drying out in winter. Consider spraying with an anti-desiccant, also known as an anti-transpirant, a protective coating that reduces the amount of water that escapes in winter. Another option is to wrap plants with a double layer of burlap for the season, removing in spring.

Mix of roses.

Protect rosebushes. While some of the newer shrub roses don’t require winter protection, older hybrid teas and floribundas may. Where winters are cold, protect susceptible roses with a homemade cylinder of chicken wire filled with chopped leaves (oak leaves are best because they hold less moisture). Remove in early spring.

Ring of shredded wood mulch around tree.

Add mulch. Wait until after a hard freeze, then add a protective layer of mulch to your beds (wood chips or shredded leaves, for instance). This will keep the soil at a more even temperature and help prevent the soil from breaking open during the freeze-thaw cycle and forcing plants out of the ground.

Spraying water from hose.

Water well. Don’t stress plants needlessly. If you have a dry fall, you may need to water plants even after they start to go dormant. Make sure they are braced for winter in cold climates by watering until the ground freezes. In warm climates, water throughout the winter if rain is lacking.