10 Effective Ways to Protect Your Garden Against Snow and Ice DamageDecember 18, 2019
Last modified: December 18, 2019As the temperature starts to drop, something unpleasant might happen to your plants. Here's how you can protect your garden against snow and ice damage.
As the temperature starts to drop, something unpleasant might happen to your plants and vegetables and eventually to the overall structure of your garden.
While the cold weather can undoubtedly play havoc with your garden, planning ahead with regular checks of the weather forecast can help to minimise and avoid any lasting damage and protect your garden against snow.
Taking action ahead of any adverse weather is the first step. And once the snow or ice hits, there are a few more things to consider — ensuring that any damage is kept to a minimum.
10 Effective Ways to Protect Your Garden Against Snow and Ice Damage
Our garden experts have come up with their top ten pieces of advice to avoid any unnecessary harm to plants, vegetables, and gardens during the winter months.
Shaking off Snow
Snow can be cumbersome, and once it has covered any bushes, plants or even trees, it can twist them out of shape.
If you have large trees, hedges or shrubs, shake the snow off of the branches so that they won’t become disfigured by the weight. Additionally, for greenhouses, be sure to remove the snow so that the light can reach in.
Stay off the Grass
Now here’s the tricky part. Once your lawn is covered in snow, try to resist walking on it. It can be tempting, but by doing this is it will only damage the turf underneath and leave marks on the grass.
Some plants are sensitive to the cold weather, especially in the snow. To protect them and their delicate root systems, create a layer of insulation around them with mulch, shredded leaves or any organic matter.
Wrap Them Up
Another way to keep your plants protected against the snow is to wrap them up with a garden blanket or fleece. Then check which can and can’t be clothed during the chilly months.
For instance, roses should never be covered.
Bring Plants In
If you own lots of plants in pots or hanging baskets, ensure to find an ideal shelter during snowy and icy weather. It could be in your porch or on the patio close to your house.
Don’t Forget to Water
This is probably one of the most frequently asked questions: do plants still need watering during the winter? The answer is yes!
So, when is the perfect time to water them? Our experts suggest that the best time is during the middle of the day when the temperature is a bit higher. Watering them during snow or freezing temperature can damage them.
So now you know what to do!
Pick Your Plants
This is one of the crucial things to keep in mind – pick your plants carefully.
Considering the unpredictable UK weather, before and when planning your garden, ensure to pick plant varieties that are hardy enough and can withstand low temperature.
As much as you want to remove any dead matter on your plants, skip the habit this wintertime.
Don’t be tempted to prune the old-growth around the bottom of your plants. This actually helps to protect the central crown of the crop and bear the brunt of any frost damage.
During the colder months, protect your vegetable patch from the freezing ground by placing straw around and on it.
Investing in a birdbath for your garden is an excellent way to help wildlife, mainly birds. If you have one, place a tennis ball on the top.
Then, if the water freezes, remove the ball to allow the birds to get to the water for a drink.
There you have it! Now, if you’re looking for some ways to prepare your garden building this winter, feel free to check our article here.