With winter right around the corner, there’s no better time than now to winterize your garden and flowerbeds. The cold temperatures and dry air can wreak havoc on flowers, causing them to wilt, turn brown or even die.
However, there are a few steps you can take to protect your flowers from the winter elements. So, if you want your flowers to bloom again next year, consider the following tips to winterize your flowerbeds.
Create a Screen Barrier Around Evergreens
Assuming you have evergreens growing in or around your flowerbed, you can protect them from the winter elements by using a screen barrier.
Basically, this involves setting up four or more stakes around the perimeter and attaching a burlap mesh fabric to those stakes. As long as the burlap screen is at least tall as the evergreens, it will block the wind while also insulating the plants.
Prune and Trim Flowers
You should also use this time to prune and trim your flowers. Any excess and unnecessary leaves or shoots only increases the chance of winter-related damage.
Furthermore, large flowers need more water and nutrients, which can cause problems during the winter season. To protect your flowers from damage, prune and trim unnecessary leaves and shoots.
Till Soil Early
Tilling the soil in the early days of winter can give your flowers a boost. It helps to aerate the soil, allowing your plants to absorb more moisture and nutrients, and it may also reveal hidden pests.
Japanese beetles, for instance, live in the ground where they feast on nearby plant life. Allowing an infestation of Japanese beetles to go unnoticed could spell disaster for your flowers.
One of the biggest problems of growing flowers in the winter is the cold temperatures. Not all flowers can handle the cold weather, which is why it’s a good idea to add mulch.
Adding a thick layer of mulch to your flowerbed creates a barrier of protection between them and the cold weather. Your flowers will stay warmer and more protected from the winter elements with mulch.
Finally, consider wrapping trees to protect them from the cold winter weather. You can purchase crepe paper wrap at most plant nurseries. Once wrapped around the tree, it will reduce the rate at which the tree loses heat; thus, keeping it warm during the otherwise cold weather.
These are just a few tips to winterize your flowerbeds and garden.
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