Winter Garden Inspections

December 31st, 2012 | Posted by Coldstreamfarm

Winter GardeningUnderneath all that snow in your garden beds are flowers, shrubs and trees that will most likely survive the cold and ice and won’t skip a beat come spring time.

That’s a big most likely, though. To make that ‘most likely’ a certainty, it’s always a good idea to inspect your shrubs, trees and other plants during the wintertime so they’ll “absolutely” survive and be full of life come springtime.

Evergreen trees are expected to survive the harsh winter, but sometimes they can have trouble making it to spring. Cold and dry periods could hurt the plant to the point where it kills it. If those greens start turning brown, the tree might not survive. Always give a good inspection once or twice throughout the winter and see if the tree needs water or attention. Don’t be afraid to water your evergreen trees or shrubs in the winter, no matter how awkward it seems. They need water all year round, not just the spring and summer.

As deciduous trees and shrubs go, an inspection might lead you to notice some discoloration and brown spots on the plant. Those should be removed to promote air circulation while decreasing its chance for fungal diseases. Also, removing the deadwood will reshape the plant, which is good, but try not to remove too much of the plant where it could shock it. Removing anything over 1/3 of the plant could shock it to the point of no return.

So go ahead, bundle up and get outside for your winter garden inspection. I’m sure at this point you’ll take any excuse to get out of the house and garden anyways!

Article Source: HGTV

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Written by Coldstreamfarm


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