frost covered rose - how to pretect garden plants from cold weather, frost, and snow

Winter can be a pretty gloomy time of year – it’s cold, it’s dark, and all you want is to be cuddled up somewhere warm with a hot drink and some fluffy socks on.

While we have the option to tuck away somewhere and take shelter from the cold, our garden plants don’t, so it falls to us to do everything we can to protect them from the cold.

Tips for protecting plants from cold:

When it comes to preventing winter damage, there are numbers of tips, tools, and techniques you can use to help protect your garden.

1) Cover up

Applying a physical covering to your garden plants is an effective way to prevent cold-related damage. There are a number of products that are specifically designed for the task of protecting plant life from cold weather, such as plant winter protection fleeces. If you don’t have garden fleece to hand, you can improvise with a number of alternatives, such as an old bedsheet or an upturned bucket.

2) Water your plants

Watering in your plants in the winter can be a challenge; many people think that garden plants don’t need to be watered in the winter because it’s cold, but that’s definitely not the case! It’s important to keep your lawn hydrated all year round.

When watering your lawn in the winter, it’s best to do so in the middle of the day when temperatures are a little warmer. This gives plants the opportunity to absorb the water through their roots before the cold temperatures freeze the soil. It’s also worth knowing that moist soil can hold up to 4 times more heat than dry soil!

3) Shelter

If you have any potted plants that can be moved, we’d recommend moving then to a more sheltered position. A garden shed is a good example of a sheltered environment that’s suitable for a garden plant in the winter – however, we’d advise against bringing your garden plants inside during the winter. The sudden temperature change can kill them.

4) Shake it off

While snow can create an insulating layer that helps protect plants from frost and sub-zero temperatures, it can also be very heavy, weighing them down and causing them to become disfigured and damaged. After snowfall, give your plants a little shake to offer some relief from the extra weight.

5) Don’t walk on the grass

During the winter time, grass is a lot more fragile than it is at other times of the year. Walking across your lawn whether snowy or frosty can result in the grass becoming crushed and damaged. A damaged lawn can be susceptible to all manner of diseases, such as fusarium (also known as snow mould).

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