6 Steps to Minimise Snow Disruption in your Garden
Storm Ciara and Rupert may have cleared but don't let that stop you from taking the necessary actions to protect your garden.
Many of our followers and customers have sent in some unfortunate pictures of their garden and greenhouses having taken a beating by the hazardous weather over the last few weeks, such as this image below.
While this cold and windy weather can play havoc with your garden, planning ahead with frequent checks of the weather forecast can help to minimise and avoid any lasting damage and protect your garden from the snow.
Here are 6 ways you can help your garden and avoid any unnecessary harm to plants, vegetables, and gardens during the winter months. You’ll need to make sure your plants can withstand the colder temperatures, rain, ice, and snow so they are healthier and more vigorous in spring.
1) Keep the snow off your plants
Snow can be burdensome, and once it has covered any bushes, plants or even trees, it can twist them out of shape.
If you have large trees, hedges or shrubs, shake the snow off of the branches so that they won’t become disfigured by the weight. Additionally, for greenhouses, be sure to remove the snow so that the light can reach in.
Evergreens trees and shrubs are especially susceptible to having their branches broken after a heavy snowfall because foliage allows the branches to collect large amounts of snow.
2) Insulate your plants
Many plants are delicate to the cold weather, especially in the snow. To defend them and their delicate root systems, use a garden fleece to protect foliage, buds, and tender plants from snow and frost. This prevents the water in plant cells from freezing.
Plants and shrubs can have plant fleece simply draped over them as this provides highly effective protection against frost, wind, hail, insects and birds, but is also light enough to be placed directly on your plants and trees.
Our garden frost fleece is permeable enough to allow air and moisture through to maintain healthy growth.
3) Wrap your trees up
An additional way to keep your plants protected against the snow is to wrap them up with horticultural fleece jackets. Then check which can and can’t be clothed during the chilly months. These jackets are simply placed over the plant and secured with the drawstring at the base.
TOP TIP - In very cold conditions, double up and use 2 jackets over your plants.
4) Shelter your plants in a mini greenhouse
If you have several plants in pots or hanging basket displays, it is often sensible to find an ideal shelter during snowy and icy weather.
Our wall mounted mini greenhouse has mesh ventilation panels that prevent humidity build-up and mould growth, the clever design prevents rain from gathering in the folds so you don't get a soaking when you close it after heavy rain.
5) Keep your plants watered
When the weather outside is cold and icy many gardeners wonder if they should continue to water their plants. In many places, winter watering is a good idea, especially if you have young plants that are just establishing themselves in your garden.
Overwatering during the colder months can result in plants sitting in soggy cold soil, causing winter rot and eventually the plants demise. Read our top tips and make sure your plants are perfectly watered this winter.
Use a handy Soil Moisture Meter and test the moisture levels in your compost. Simply place the probe in the soil to check whether or not your house plants or plants in your garden or greenhouse need watering or you can save the water to make a lovely brew!
Water smaller plants anywhere near their crowns. Larger landscape perennials should be watered between the trunk and the dripline for the best effect.
Stake a Rainfall Measure into the ground and help you determine when to water your plants.
6) Avoid walking on the grass after snow
We should all be careful about walking across lawns in winter because your grass can be injured by the icy daggers of frost and you’ll see the dead grass along foot paths in the spring.
If you are growing vegetable plants, cover them with a protective fleece tunnel so that your vegetables are protected by frost, harsh winds and any animals looking to cause havoc.
If you would like to find out more feel free to give us a call on 0845 602 3774 or drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our Gardening Angels are always happy to help and we’d love to hear about how you get on this winter!