First Winter For Privets - Knowledgebase Question

Name: Laurie Griffin
So. Burlington, VT
Question by bababa
October 18, 2000
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 from NGA
October 18, 2000


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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