Nov 7, 2022 - Things to Do

How to protect your plants from frostbite this winter

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It's time to put your garden to bed and brace for freezing temperatures.

Why it matters: Winterizing your garden can improve its soil quality and increase the chances of a bounty of fruits, vegetables and flowers in the seasons ahead.

Here are four tips for winterizing your garden, according to local experts:

✂️ Deadhead and prune back your perennials and spring-blooming shrubs. But hold off on trimming your trees and late-blooming shrubs until late winter or early spring to ensure they go dormant during wintertime.

🌱 Add mulch — and leave the old layer in place — to add nutrients to the soil and help the ground retain moisture. A fresh layer of mulch also helps your yard look tidier.

🧶 Wrap your plants with insulating materials such as burlap, plastic or fleece to keep out harsh elements.

💧 Continue to water your garden well until the ground freezes to ensure plants stay hydrated.

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