Shaking off the Winter

Shaking off the Winter

Although it seems feather-light, it is a burden for many plants, especially when it melts. Many plants have to be protected from snow.

When the first little flakes trickle down from the sky and everything is enveloped in a white blanket, it lures every prudish frostbite into nature. Despite the freezing cold, it always seems to be the perfect time for a long winter walk and it looks at least as beautiful outside as in the flowering summer months.

With the first white magic, however, many hobby gardeners keep asking themselves: How much Winter does my garden really endure and what kind of plant needs to be protected from the burdens?

It depends on the quantity

For most plants a light snowpack is no problem. On the contrary. A dense white layer usually protects against frost and strong sun. The temperatures under the ice cover are up to ten degrees higher than the outside temperature. This is mainly because snow has a low conductivity and thus has an insulating effect. Above all, the root system of garden plants benefits from this protection, as it does not create deep ground frost.

A particularly clever function of nature is that the snow alone protects against frost cracks on young trees due to its color shade. The brightness reflects the sun and prevents the bark from expanding and cracking in cold temperatures and strong sunlight.

Tip: If there is no snow to protect the bark, it can also be painted with lime paint in freezing temperatures and strong sunshine.

However, if Ms. Holle decides to shake her blankets extravagantly, intervention can not be prevented from time to time. If the white magic remains for the joy of all children and crackles the 20-centimeter limit, many plants must be protected.

Protecting a Tree

The bigger and stronger a plant is, the less damage the cold can do Serve. But even delicate and small fruit trees are good carriers. They carry their own weight plus that of their fruits, and even a little extra snow can not harm them. It only becomes problematic when the layer begins to melt and thus increases in weight. In such a case, it is good for the branches to free them from the load by shaking them a little. Those who are afraid to smash themselves, use a broom or a rake.

Sensitive plants

Shrubs with thin stems such as roses or hydrangeas are particularly sensitive. They can not carry the weight and threaten to break off quickly. Here it is advisable either to knock the load regularly or to wrap the crowns of the plants in winter fleece or jute even before the first cold snap. This not only protects against snow, but especially against cold winds.

Fine grasses and woody plants such as pampas grass or thuja are also relatively sensitive. So that not too much cold and moisture gets inside the plant, a lax binding of the lace with a string offers itself. This also prevents them from falling apart.

Weatherproof Herb Garden

If you want to protect your spice plants from frost and cold, you should at least know some botanical details about the tasty little plants. First and foremost, whether it's annual or perennial herbs matter. The former are generally not winter proof and do not survive the cold season anyway.

For the perennial specimens it all depends on their condition. They are originally from warm climes, they are best kept in the house in cold weather. But many herbs survive snow and ice, contrary to expectations. To make their wintering a little easier, there are some simple tricks.

Fir branches, straw or leaves laid loosely over the bed, protects the herbs in the cold season. Although this method does not prevent ground frost, it does provide shade. In addition, it evaporates more water, which the plants urgently need in dry cold. In addition, harvesting during the winter is not recommended. Fresh cracks on the strands greatly increase the risk of dehydration.

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