Here are some tips you can use to keep your shrubs safe in the winter and put them in the best possible position to succeed come springtime!
Let’s jump right in!
Everyone knows their lawn needs regular watering but the same can be said of shrubs, too. If you don’t water them on a consistent basis, they can become badly damaged. Be sure you’re watering your shrubs continuously, just like you would with your lawn.
However, in the winter – you need to be a bit more measured in your approach. NEVER water if it’s colder than 40 degrees out. Water can freeze in the branches and cause rupturing and other injuries that can lead to infection, infestation and a whole host of long-term, potentially life-threatening issues internally.
Water when you can, but never do it below freezing.
There’s a wide array of things you can do to protect your shrubs in the winter, especially new ones. Windscreens are a great artificial method to use, but we’re huge fans of using mulch if and whenever it’s possible. Mulch can help normalize temperatures, protect your root structures and keeps out potentially harmful infections and pests.
In addition, you can use a burlap sack wrap – which will protect not only against the wind and elements – but also keep it safe from animals, ice and snow as well.
Pruning is essential
Pruning in the winter is the best time to prune all year. Branches are usually more exposed, making them easier to both reach and cut. Additionally, pruning in the cold will help prevent infections later on once the weather begins to warm up again. Most importantly – pruning helps strengthen your shrub as its branches will grow back even stronger.
If you have shrubs that you’d like to prepare for the winter, contact us and we can give you a free consultation. It’s not too late! Give us a call today.