The winter solstice has begun. Are your trees and shrubs ready?
The arrival of winter means an increased level of care for plants, given the changes in light, temperatures, and overall growth environment. Adjustments for plant care are necessary to ensure optimal growth. A bit of extra attention during winter will help promote ongoing plant health and well-being.
Take care to protect the plants from wind, ice, and snow. Although a fresh layer of snow on your plants looks pretty and acts as a blanket, it can damage a plant by its weight, so it's important not to leave it sitting on plants but to brush it off before the stems become distorted or broken.
A good time to prune trees and shrubs is in early to mid-winter. Waiting until late winter is not a good idea as you could end up removing flower buds already set for the upcoming spring season.
You can successfully overwinter your trees and shrubs with a bit of care and attention.
We have put together some information and guidelines you can use to successfully take care of your newly planted shrubs and trees as they begin to get established in their new surroundings. The advice is a starting point, and you are an essential part.