When it comes to gardening, winter preparation is a vital consideration as the seasons begin to change. A little bit of foresight will help you keep your plants protected and lessen the extra pruning and spring garden clean-up required.
Read on for Amico’s helpful winter preparation tips making sure that your garden thrives all year round. As always, if you need some help, call the experts at Amico!
Protecting Your Potted Plants
Plants can withstand some pretty harsh temperatures, but the roots are very vulnerable, and really feel the winter temperatures via the soil and sides of their pots.
The larger the pot, the more insulation required. Ideally, you’ll move your containers to a spot that receives filtered light, grouping your pots together with the most sensitive plants towards the middle. You can also sink the pots in the ground for some natural insulation, but if neither of these are an option, wrapping your pots is your best choice.
Grab a roll of bubble wrap and place a layer or two around your plant. You can then cover with burlap to keep the soil from freezing.
Insulating Palm Trees
Cold-sensitive palms need to be protected as extended periods of cold can damage stem tissues foliage quickly. Just like us humans, you can wrap sheets or blankets around your plant! Just keep in mind that a palm should not be left covered for more than four days in a row.
If you decide to do this, do not use any sort of plastic as it will retain moisture which may refreeze and cause further damage. Keep your palms well watered and mulched to avoid added stress.
Protecting Tropical Plants
Tropical plants are the worst in cold weather for obvious reasons. You need to keep a close eye on them and if they are portable, move them into a greenhouse or indoors for the winter months.
Tropicals won’t do very well inside, but they can be kept in a state of dormancy in a darkened area until spring.
Hydrangeas do better in colder climates than people realise, but it’s the rise of temperatures back to warm that can cause issues. The best way to protect your hydrangea is by wrapping a wire cage around the plant and filling it with mulch.
You can also cover it with burlap cloth to ease it back into the warmth.
No matter which type of roses you have, they all love the sun and require at least five hours of sunlight or more each day. They also need good drainage and regular fertilisation. If you keep all of this in mind when prepping for the winter, you will keep the plant from becoming stressed, positioning it best for the coldest of the winter months.
Keep your roses well-watered and refrain from trimming as to avoid signalling regrowth. Try not to prune until spring!
What About the Indoor Plants?
Indoor plants still require winter care as they will experience reduced daylight, cooler temperatures, and drier air conditions. Water more sparingly and avoid fertilisation unless necessary.
You will also want to keep the indoor plants away from any cold drafts and consider using a humidifier.
Getting Your Garden Through the Winter with Amico
For the best winter preparation and extra care for your garden, speak to the experts at Amico. We are gardening experts who help your plants to flourish all year round. Give us a call and ensure the healthiest outdoor areas possible, no matter the temperature!