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Here's how I prepare my plants for frost and winter: I used to put stray/hay down around my bushes and plants to protect them and I used to wrap my bushes in burlap. I no longer do that, but storms in southern NH do hit hard, and we drop way below zero. My method may not work for everyone, however. It depends on your zone.
Nov 19, 2014 6:52 PM CST
|This is encouraging! I'm using leaves a lot this year, and have some things I am a bit concerned about in the cold -- they are mulched quite thickly with leaves I've collected, instead of straw, and so from your experience it sounds like this is a better way to protect them. |
Spring will tell the tale but it's sure nice to feel positive about it in the meantime.
Nov 19, 2014 8:14 PM CST
|I love using mulched leaves in my bed. It protects from the cold. Come spring I will use bark mulch on top and to help hold water in during our hot summer. By using the leaves, I need less mulch as the mulched leaves have built up the beds.|
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Nov 20, 2014 5:45 AM CST
|When I lived in MD, I raked all my leaves into my flower beds. When I'd remove the leaves in Spring, I was always amazed by how much was already up. I even kept Cannas in the ground, against my brick foundation. They were usually up higher than the leaves by the time I got out to remove the leaves.
Then I'd mulch the leaves in Spring & use to amend the beds for the new growing season.
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Nov 20, 2014 6:57 AM CST
|Nice article, Bonnie! This works for the arctic winters in Minnesota...the only thing I have ever used for winter protection are the fallen leaves from my yard. I remove them in the spring and compost them. Works like a charm, it's free, and environmentally sound.
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