Winter is approaching and you have noticed the garden has few flowers and the trees have bare branches, making a bed of leaves on the grass. During the coldest season of the year, it is essential to take precautions and measures that will prevent the garden of your house suffer the consequences of low temperatures. But if you do not have a garden yet, and you want to start before winter starts, there are some beautiful options to have in mind.
This is a delicate and painstaking task to perform over the winter, but positive results will surprise you next spring. With the cold, the plants and trees come into something that looks like a “sleep” because they need less water and fertilizer than in other seasons. Additionally, as low temperatures approaches, this eliminates the spread of certain insects that are needed for the normal process of growth.
However, this does not mean we should neglect the garden in winter until the season gets over; in contrast, it needs special attention because the cold weather affects the leaves, young stems, buds, roots or the entire plant if we are so careless.
The main damages that arise cause poor water absorption, cracks in the trunks and problems in the tender shoots. Sometimes the damage is caused by fast defrosting and not by the intense cold of winter itself. Here we provide you some tricks and tips in order to take care properly your garden and/or orchard during low temperatures:
- Vegetables can be wrapped in newspaper, forming a tunnel on them.
- When time water them comes, do it in the hottest hours of the day and with a long neck shower trying not to wet the floor.
- If frost is forecast, definitely prevent watering.
- To defrost flowers with dew, wet them directly with cold water.
- You must be aware that the roots are not frozen. To do this, experts recommend covering the soil with a layer (around four inches) of pine crust or straw. This procedure must be performed before the surface has already been frozen.
- The leaves and flowers can be sheltered with plastic placed on supports, preventing touch.
- Use fertilizers (potassium) because they allow plants to sprout in spring.
Fortunately, there are plants that not only bear low temperatures, but also bloom at this time, providing color and beauty to our green spaces. If you don’t own a garden yet and you want it to build it noticing winter is near, here we can provide you with some plants that can resist low temperatures and are especially meant for cold season:
Primroses: The only one problem that may deteriorate them during the winter, are the severe frosts that may wrinkle and break their leaves. Otherwise, they fully resist low outdoor temperatures, so they can give us colorful as other species are at rest until planting the following year.
They do not need sunlight as much as other species. In fact, they develop perfectly in environments where shades are almost frequent. By the way, one of the places where you will find them most is at the foot of the trees, as they are safe from the direct incidence of sunlight and sun-rays. Being placed at the shadow will make them resist high summer temperatures.
Although we tend to orient our garden decoration to reach its peak in spring, primroses are a perfect match because they will be still dazzling during winter. The leaves of deciduous trees that are falling in autumn enrich the soil from which primroses obtain their feed.
Jasmine: They do well in environments close to 10°C, so if you live in areas with mild winters where at night the temperature did not drop much, we can have a jasmine without fearing of spoilage. In general, if we are talking about hot or cold temperature, they prefer to develop in cold weather.
Although they tolerate winter quite well, it is in autumn when they bloom best: from late August until October. It is a climbing plant, so planting them is convenient so they can grow against a wall. Another advantage to have them during cold seasons is that they only need watering once or twice a week, because they adapt to a variety of soils.