Winterizing plants - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by rushmick
November 18, 2009
I want to protect and prepare my hostra and other shrubs over the winter. What do you suggest? Peat moss,mulch/other?

Answer from NGA
November 18, 2009


Hostas will lose their leaves after the first hard frost. When this happens, rake away the dead foliage and cover over the crown of the plant with several inches of compost, pine needles, shredded leaves or other organic matter to help protect them. Likewise with shrubs. Simply rake away the fallen leaves and pile up some organic matter beneath the plants to help protect the roots. Best wishes with your landscape!

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