Tips for Protecting Your Plants in the Winter Months

December 30, 2014

The winter is hard on plants; specifically, it kills plants. Look outside and you’ll see most of your lawn and yard is dead, covered in ice and snow and generally just not doing too hot. That’s why tropical areas are so lush: they never have to deal with water freezing and killing all of the plants every year! Don’t worry; while you can’t save your entire lawn from winter, you can at least preserve some of your plants from the oncoming freeze. There are some tried-and-true methods for doing exactly that, in fact:

Put Potted Plants Inside

This may seem obvious, but it bears saying. When you have plants that are in pots and kept outdoors for sunshine, fresh air, and general health, you should bring them indoors for winter. Keep them near a window for natural sunlight, and try to make sure that they are away from vents so that you don’t dry them out and cause them to die. Also, try to make sure that it isn’t TOO close to a window; the cold transfers easily, and can actually do just as much damage to your plant as if it were outside if the plant is too near the window.

Mulch, Mulch, Mulch!

Mulch can be used to insulate the soil that your plants feed off of and rely on to survive. It holds the heat and moisture in your soil where it belongs – in said soil. Cold soil and the freeze/thaw cycle that winter brings on can affect the soil and cause it to heave the plant, or stop water from being drawn up into the plant. You can prevent this by applying up to three inches of mulch. Just make sure that you don’t overcompensate for winter by putting too much mulch on; that can do damage too!

Winter presents many problems to the person who cares about their home and garden, but fortunate the solutions to the problems that winter poses are simple and straightforward. Try to keep your plants watered, safe from the absolute freezing cold where possible, and in soil. Plants want water, soil, and sun; make sure that happens and you’ll be good.