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Lorena Smalley

Hard to believe it is almost the end of August and soon winter will be upon us.

We recently visited the Holes Greenhouse website and found this fantastic article on how to protect your Perennials from our winter weather!  Enjoy!

Winter Protection

Most perennials have little trouble surviving winter where snow comes early and stays late.  Even hardy perennials, however, may have difficulty when wind and severe cold arrive when the ground is still bare or only a little snow has fallen, and when midwinter thaws are followed by sudden hard freezes.  Early warm periods before spring has arrived can also injure and kill poorly protected plants.

‘Winter kill’ is the result of roots and crowns drying out, or freezing, thawing, and freezing again.  It makes sense to protect your perennials by using a mulch.  Mulching, especially in exposed areas of the garden, helps, as does piling extra snow on plants, especially on bare beds close to the house and under the eaves.  Before the ground freezes in fall, be sure to water plants well.

The following points are useful for helping to protect your perennials from winter kill.  In extreme conditions, though, even the most carefully protected plants may occasionally suffer or die over winter.  Plants are, after all, living things and, like other living things, will eventually die.  Sometimes we forget this and expect plants to perform like machines, remaining in exactly the same state year after year.

What to Do in Fall

Water frequently throughout the fall, especially during dry spells.  In early fall, scatter a few handfuls of bone meal on the soil around your plants.  This helps to strengthen their roots.

CLICK HERE to visit the Holes Greenhouse website to read more!

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