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Winter-Proof Your Garden: A Comprehensive Guide by Konjoian’s Greenhouses

Winter is a time of rest for most plants. But before they settle into their winter slumber, there’s some essential care they need to ensure they wake up in spring as vibrant as ever. Konjoian’s Greenhouses, backed by its rich history of plant care, offers a simple yet comprehensive 3-step guide for preparing your landscape plants for the chilly months ahead.

1. Master the Art of Mulching:

Mulching is not just about piling up organic material around your plants. It’s an art. The primary aim is to safeguard the delicate roots from frost and cold. A generous layer of mulch around each plant ensures that the roots stay insulated. However, it’s crucial to strike a balance. While you want to protect the plant, you don’t want to smother it. Over-mulching can stifle the plant, denying it the essential air it needs. Always ensure there’s just enough to shield but still allow the plant to breathe.

2. Wisdom in Watering:

Water might be the last thing on your mind as winter approaches, but it’s a crucial step in pre-winter plant care. If the fall has been dry, make sure to give your plants a deep watering session before the ground hardens with frost. This is especially vital for trees and shrubs, more so for needle-bearing conifers. By watering them well before they go dormant, you’re setting them up to endure the winter with resilience. Additionally, if winter has been devoid of snow, a good watering during the late winter or early spring can be beneficial, replenishing essential moisture the plants crave.

3. Debris and Perennials Care:

Old leaves and plant debris can become a bane for your garden if left unchecked. They can suffocate plants, trap moisture, and become breeding grounds for diseases. Ensure you clear away any fallen leaves from the base of your plants.

For your perennials, a bit of pruning is in order. Cut back the foliage to a few inches above the ground. This not only keeps the plant healthy but also makes your garden look neat and tidy. Remember to clear away any pruned debris and weeds around. A clean garden bed reduces the risk of disease and gives your perennials the best chance at a vigorous comeback in spring.

By following these steps from Konjoian’s Greenhouses, you ensure your plants are not just surviving the winter but thriving through it. With a little preparation, your garden will be poised to burst into a riot of colors and life once winter bids adieu. Happy Gardening!

April 2024



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