Fall is here, and that means frost is just around the corner. Read this article for tips on how to ensure your precious plants are protected from harsh temperatures.
We love our perennials, shrubs and evergreens because they come back reliably each year. However, it is important to note that perennials, shrubs and evergreens outside of our hardiness zone must be properly covered in autumn, prior to the seasons’ first frost. Covering your plants properly will help ensure that they do not suffer root damage during the cold and wet winter months.
Here you can find a chart outlining average “first” and “last” frost dates across Canada. Remember that these dates fluctuate and should only be used as a rough guide in determining when to cover your plants for winter.
Follow the steps below to successfully cover your tender perennials, shrubs and evergreens over the cold winter months:
- If your shrub or evergreen is wide spread or has long branches – start from the bottom where the spread is fullest and gently secure the branches in an up-right fashion using a soft rope or old nylon stocking. Make sure they you do not pull or tie the branches to tight to cause any breakage. This will make your plant easier to cover. If your plant is small or narrow this is not always necessary.
- Insert four (or more) wooden or metal stakes into the ground around your plant. Wrap string or wire around them to ensure that they are secure.
- Wrap burlap around the outside of the four stakes and secure the burlap to the stakes by wrapping it with twine. Make sure to cover the top with burlap as well to ensure best possible insulation.
- Remove the covering when spring returns and enjoy your perennials, shrubs and evergreens once again!
In addition to burlap, we have a number of other products at Bradford Greenhouses to help protect your plants over the winter months. We have rose guards and rose collars especially designed to cover your roses, a special spray to prevent your evergreens from wilting when dormant, tree guards to protect the trunk and bark on your trees from damage, and more. Visit us in-store and speak with one of our knowledgeable staff members about which solution would be best for you and your plants.