Fall is the Time to Get Your Garden Trees and Shrubs Ready for Winter: Here's What to Do


Article by: Yvonne Cunnington

Tips for winter , Composting for Kids care of trees , Great Gardening Gift Ideas and shrubs

With the garden , Pond Liners season drawing to a close, it's awfully tempting to forget about your plants. , Hydroponics Gardening - An Introduction To Hydroponics Gardening For Beginners (Part 15) Ozone But you should continue to water , Using Bulbs in Your Landscaping all woody plants , Home for a Gnome? - especially newly planted trees , BBQ Food is the Mental Cue that Summer is Here and shrubs , 3 Easy Steps to Growing Plants from Seed and all evergreens. Helping your valuable garden , The Plant Philanthropist trees and shrubs , Birch Leaf Miner sail through winter , Using Bulbs in Your Landscaping starts with thorough watering in the fall. , 3 Easy Steps to Growing Plants from Seed

Water your plants , Exotic s and Flowers for Guys: Trends in Flowers as Elegant as they are Masculine well until the ground freezes, and make sure you water , Would You Like More Information About Climbing Roses? enough through a dry fall. , Wild Flower Garden - Recreate the Splendor of Nature in Your Own Backyard Your plants , Container GardeningTips will need the equivalent of one inch of rain per week. (In a wet fall, , Great Gardening Gift Ideas you can relax.)

Evergreens and broadleaf evergreens (shrubs such as rhododendron and boxwood) don't lose their leaves, so they need a good store of moisture , Tidy Your Garden Up Cheaply going into winter , Wild Flower Garden - Recreate the Splendor of Nature in Your Own Backyard because they continue to transpire (give off water , Basic Chainsaw Maintenance vapor) through the cold , Hydroponics Gardening - An Introduction To Hydroponics Gardening For Beginners (Part 15) Ozone months.

Most winter , Pool Waterfalls damage to evergreens doesn't actually come from cold, , 5 Tips For Fish Pond Maintenance but from the drying effects of late winter , The Flower Garden in August sun and wind. With the soil , Online Florists frozen hard, plant , Vermicomposting - Worm Composters For Eco-Friendly Waste Disposal and Recycling roots can't take up water , 3 Easy Steps to Growing Plants from Seed to make up for moisture , Exotic Plants and Flowers for Guys: Trends in Flowers as Elegant as they are Masculine losses from transpiration and, as a result, dehydration can cause browning or burning of foliage.

Winterizing trees , 3 Easy Steps to Growing Plants from Seed and shrubs: To wrap or not to wrap?

When considering winter , Home for a Gnome? care of trees , Getting Up to Speed with Landscape Lighting! and shrubs, , Caring For Your Juniper Bonsai don't go crazy with burlap wrap. It's extra work and doesn't look great.

After all, the whole point of evergreens is to give you something green , Container GardeningTips to look at in the winter! , Is it Really Teak Wood? Caveat Emptor! (Part One) Contrary to popular belief, most established evergreens hardy in your region don't need to be wrapped.

However, as with many things in gardening, , Caring For Your Juniper Bonsai there are exceptions. Some evergreens, such as dwarf Alberta spruce, are prone to winter-burn, so they should be covered, as should newly planted evergreens. (New plants , Would You Like More Information About Climbing Roses? haven't had time grow , Henry Doubleday Research Association extensive roots , Gardening as a Hobby that help them take up enough moisture , Gardening Basics: Inspecting Your Soil to prevent excessive water , Using Bulbs in Your Landscaping losses.)

To make a windbreak around vulnerable plants, , Is it Really Teak Wood? Caveat Emptor! (Part One) hammer four stakes into the ground and staple on a burlap covering. Never use plastic, , Pool Waterfalls or your plants , 3 Easy Steps to Growing s from Seed could "cook" on sunny days. (Remember the greenhouse , Great Gardening Gift Ideas effect?)

More tips , Composting for Kids for winter , The Plant Philanthropist care of woody plants:
  • If your plants , Vacation Proofing your Garden get salt spray from the road, burlap may help, but wrap them with a double layer, not a single layer. To avoid having to cover your evergreens, don't plant , Gardening as a Hobby them near a road that gets salted, or plant , Our History with Blueberries - Reviving Their Home-Grown and Local Farm Status salt-tolerant species such as junipers.
  • Protect broadleaf evergreens such as rhododendron, pieris and laurel from the drying effects of winter , Hydroponics Gardening - An Introduction To Hydroponics Gardening For Beginners (Part 15) Ozone sun and wind with an anti-desiccant spray such as Wilt-Pruf, which coats foliage with a protective waxy film. You can also wrap with burlap, if you must.
  • To help preserve moisture, , Composting for Kids cover the root , Revolutionary New Pond Combines Both Preformed Pond with Watercourse area of evergreens and broadleaf evergreens with a three-inch thick layer of leaf or bark mulch.
  • Protect upright evergreen junipers and cedars from breakage due to ice and snow , Getting Up to Speed with Landscape Lighting! by wrapping branches with heavy string or mesh covers sold for this purpose. Once fastened into place, , Pool Waterfalls you'll hardly see the string or mesh.
  • Protect young trees , Exotic Plants and Flowers for Guys: Trends in Flowers as Elegant as they are Masculine by putting plastic tree , Great Gardening Gift Ideas guards around the bottom of their trunks to prevent damage from gnawers such as rabbits and mice. Make sure the tree , Discount Garden Benches guards go high enough - over the snow , Discount Garden Benches line. (Remove them in the spring , Our History with Blueberries - Reviving Their Home-Grown and Local Farm Status because it looks better and avoids the problem of the guards trapping moisture , Home for a Gnome? against the bark in the summer , Garden Pond Liners and attracting insects.)
  • If rabbits are a big problem in your area, put chicken wire cages around the plants , Types of Annuals in the Garden - Tender, Hardy and Half-Hardy they find most tasty.
  • Prevent rabbit and rodent damage with a repellent spray that you apply on lower trunks, branches and stems. Such products , Floribunda Rose 'Julia Child' generally have to be reapplied after wet weather. , Palm Trees
EzineArticles Expert Author Yvonne Cunnington
Yvonne Cunnington is a garden , Tidy Your Up Cheaply writer and photographer and author of a how-to book for novice gardeners, Clueless in the Garden: A Guide for the Horticulturally Helpless. For more infomation, visit her website http://www.flower-gardening-made-easy.com/

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