The growth process in plants takes place continuously throughout the year unlike in animals which might hibernate or eat less sometimes. Even when plants shed leaves, they still continue growing by utilizing the food stored in the tissues. This means that specific care must be taken when looking after the plants every season especially during winter to ensure they are not burned by the frost.
The winter temperatures are very low and can even lead to the death of plants. There are some of the tips and measures that need to be taken to protect your garden in winter.
The nights are freezing in winter with temperatures below the freezing point. Nights are accompanied by either frost or snow fall making the conditions unfavorable for the proper growth of the plants. To avoid this, you should cover
your plants or the garden by use of a frost cloth but take care not to block the plants from the air. This cloth helps to retain and contain warmth thus protecting your plants from frost.
Your garden should be watered after every two days. The irrigation water is relatively warm since the pipes are exposed to sunlight in the afternoons. You can, therefore, water the plants efficiently since the temperatures of the water are not very high to cause any damage to the roots.
Pruning of the bushes
Pruning of the bushes should be done during winter. The same should be extended to those plants having the dead flowers. This allows the development of stronger branches during the spring and summer season. Such branches are less likely to die to be affected by cold conditions during the next winter. Cutting the end of the flowers also allows them to grow stronger. The soil surrounding the plants should also be covered with compost to provide the plants with the required nutrients. Compost also helps the soils to retain moisture.
Removal of shade
Less sunlight is available during the day in winter. Plants are not able to receive the optimum sunlight for proper growth. Removal of shade helps to maximize the growing process of your plants.
Removal of insect infested plants
This involves the removal of those plants which are heavily affected by pests, most of the pests and insects tend to hibernate within the plants during winter. They are likely to eat up your plants during the spring season. Any living thing needs to be taken care of just like the human beings, and you should, therefore, adopt the measures mentioned above to protect your plants.