Plants are living creatures, and just like any other living creature, plants also feel the effects of weather. When it’s cold outside, your plants also require some special care. If you pay a little extra attention, your plants will not only survive the harsh winter but will bloom much better the following year around. This article will discuss four simple and easy ways to protect your plants this winter. So without further adieu, let’s get started:
1. Move them
Your potted plants should be moved to an area with some warmth or shelter. Some shared garden plants such as gladioli and dahlias are tougher at the roots but not hardy at the shoot. Generally, their exposed parts wither away during the winters while the roots remain intact. These exposed parts will grow again when the winter is over. If you live in an icy area, you should consider moving your plants to a shed and providing them with some heat so they can better survive and persist through the winter.
Completely dormant pot plants such as tender fuchsias and begonias will be much happier living in the warmth of the shed. Other green plants and are still growing would require some artificial lighting in the shed to ensure their growth continues.
2. Add mulch
Several tender plants would benefit greatly from having some mulch over their roots. Mulch could consist of leaf mold, wood chippings, or garden compost. Adding mulch has the benefit of providing nutrients to the plant and making the soil more fertile. Birds in your backyard will also benefit significantly from the mulch as it contains insects for them to enjoy.
3. Cover them up
If there is a frost forecast, you can throw some horticultural fleece or old newspaper over your plants to protect them. If it’s going to be extremely cold, you should consider adding some extra layers to make sure that the exposed parts of the plant remain protected from the effects of the frost.
4. Winter Watering
Watering your plants in the winter might be the last thing on your mind, but it is necessary to do. If you live in an area with low rainfall during winters, you should consider watering your plants once a month to keep the soil soft and maintain the nutrients.
Today is one of those typical February days that we get here in Massachusetts. The weather all of a sudden turns warm, snow and ice start to melt, and everyone is yearning for Spring. While the weather is a welcome occurrence, its important not to get to far ahead of ourselves. Any New Englander can recall on a mild February that ended up with harsh snow storm filled March. However, you can use this time to think about your garden! If you are planning to maintain a garden, you can actually use late February, and early March to plant the following vegetables:
Broccoli: Broccoli can be planted in Massachusetts in late February and early March. This window closes in March, as April will be too late to plant broccoli for a successful harvest.
Cabbage: Cabbage, specifically summer Cabbage (the green kind) can also be planted in late February or Early March. This is a great addition to any garden, as its a delicious base layer to summer salads!
Cauliflower: A third veggie that can now start planting for a successful harvest is Cauliflower. Cauliflower is part of the broccoli family of vegetables, so it makes sense you can plant it now for a good harvest.
Onions: One of the most versatile vegetables for cooking is also very versatile when it comes to times you can plant it. A 3- month stretch from January to March is the perfect time for planting onions in Massachusetts.
Are you looking to have an area added to your yard where you can plant your own vegetables for your home garden? Lola’s Landscaping provides custom landscaping solutions. We can work with you to develop a home garden of your dreams.
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It is finally that time of year again, where you should begin to plant flowers, shrubs, trees, and other bushes in your front and back yards; it’s time to give you yard a look of beauty and elegance.
Here at Lola’s Landscape, we will help pick out the perfect plants or trees; our keen eye will choose the best plants that will bring out the beauty of your yard, as well as fit your budget!
For the survival and overall health of your plants, it is important that they are installed properly; many people make the mistake of installing their plants themselves, and find themselves asking why their plants are already dead! Here is a quick look on what our plant installation services look like:
we will visit your yard, go over which types of plants would look best, where the best location is, how healthy your soil is, and how much the job will cost.
proper installation of all plant life!
if needed we will adjust the soil; the soil must be healthy in order for the plant to be healthy.
we will give you instructions on how to maintain your plants so that they will stay healthy long after we install them
For our planting services, please give us a call at 774-248-4584 and book an appointment at a time that is convenient for you! We are looking forward to helping your yard look beautiful with newly installed plant life!