Taking Care of Your Flowers in Winter
With the cold months well and truly here, it’s time to think about taking care of your flowers during the winter. It’s important to take precautions during the winter, otherwise you’re likely to find that the flowers and plants in your garden end up damaged. Cold temperatures, rain, frost and general bad weather can all affect the health and growth of plants in winter but there are things that can be done to ensure they are well taken care of. Here is some handy advice from Yardcaregurus.com on how to best care for your plants during the winter.
Winter Care for Flowers and Plants
- Take Delicate Flowers Inside
Not all outdoor plants will be able to survive a harsh winter and so you should consider whether any of them would fare better inside. This is especially easy if the plants in question are already planted in containers, as these are easy to relocate. Taking delicate plants inside ensures they are away from wind, rain, frost and cold.
- Water Flowers and Plants Regularly
With the change in temperature, flowers and plants can dry as the cold temperatures can cause soil and water to freeze. So, take some extra time to water plants regularly when they appear dry or dehydrated. It’s best to do this early in the morning when the soil begins to warm up.
- Provide Good Drainage
Though some flowers and plants will struggle to find sufficient water during the winter, others can become waterlogged if there’s isn’t good drainage. Without the warmth of the sun and long daylight hours to help the excess to dry, water can collect in the containers. This can also lead to broken pots and containers, as the water will expand when it freezes.
- Provide Shelter
A lot of flowers and plants will survive the winter just fine, as long as some form of shelter is provided. To limit the amount of wind and rain damage, group similar containers together near to a wall or fence; this will act as a windbreaker.
- Take Cuttings of Existing Plants
Heading into winter with delicate flowers and plants can be a risk and it’s difficult to know what will make it through. So, if there are any specific plants you want to make sure you have again, take cuttings. This is a cheap and easy way to ensure you have great plants ready for the next year.
- Cut Plants and Flowers Back
Trim, cut and prune plants in order to prevent them from harbouring and spreading diseases through the winter. Unexpected diseases can cause serious harm, so make sure to remove any stems that appear to damaged.
As you can see, there are many different tips and tricks when it comes to taking care of your flowers in winter, most of which are quick and simple to do. With a little bit of care and precaution, there’s no reason why your flowers won’t have the best chance of making it through until spring.