The Q&A Archives: First Winter For Privets

Question: In the spring I planted bare root privet hedges. They are about a foot tall. (I cut them down twice to thicken). We arre in VT - very cold and snow. Should I cover them somehow or are they tough? What is the cheapest way to cover them if they need it?

Answer: Individual varieties of privet may be more hardy than others, but I would expect your hedge to be hardy in your area. Winter protection would include a layer of several inches of organic mulch over the root zone as well as making sure the soil is kept slightly moist up until it freezes. Snow is a benefit in winter because it helps insulate the plants' roots.

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