The temperatures here in the San Francisco Bay area have finally turned cooler. And although generally speaking we do not have to deal much with frost conditions, you might be wondering how to keep your plants cozy this winter. If you have selected plants that are zoned for our climate zone there is not much that will need to be done to keep them safe and happy throughout the winter. But if you’re looking for your shrubs to thrive and not just survive the cold weather, here are 5 simple tips for you!
My Tips to Keep Your Plants Cozy this Winter
Apply a 2-3 inch layer of shredded bark mulch around the roots of your plant. This helps your plant’s root system stay warm by providing insulation, and it also helps maintain adequate moisture levels.
2. Pay Attention to the Weather Forecasts
If you are like me that also has some more sensitive plants in your garden it pays to pay attention to the weather forecast so you can protect your plants or bring them indoors on the nights freezing temperatures are predicted. Doing this has saved my Hibiscus every year.
3. Don’t Stop to Water
Especially now that we have not seen much rain. Don’t let your plants get thirsty and give them adequate water before they “go to bed” for the winter. Be sure you continue to water until the rainy season sets in, late as it may be.
4. Stop Pruning
Shrub pruning is best left for spring with the exception of roses which you can prune in January. Protect the lowest buds on your plant by keeping your plant intact this season. If you wait until the spring the plant will tip you off where to prune based on the new buds that have emerged.
5. Protect from Pests
Deer and rabbits love using your plants as an easy snack. You can protect them by applying a liquid repellent or by creating a physical barrier such as deer netting, wire mesh (chicken wire), or burlap. Liquid repellents will need to be applied multiple times throughout the season to keep it effective.
I hope that you found these 5 tips on how to keep your plants cozy this winter helpful and preventive from losing any plants this winter. If you are looking for more gardening tips you can go here. If you are looking for help with your lawn mowing chores click here.