burlap-shrub-coverProtecting your plants against winter damage can be a challenge. Rapid temperature drops following a brief winter thaw can weaken the plants during the winter or early spring season. Frost and ice from snow or freezing temperatures can result in leaf damage, dead twigs and branches in the spring.  One of the best methods to protect your plants is using winter shrub covers.

Types of Shrub Covers

Steps to Protect your Shrubs

  1. Watering your shrubs throughout the fall, up until the ground freezes.
  2. Spread 4 inches of bark mulch or ground-up leaves around base of shrub to insulate the ground and protect the roots.
  3. Create a wind barrier by wrapping burlap around the stakes that outline the shrubs. Secure the burlap to the stakes with staples wire.
  4. To prevent drying leaves, spray an anti-desiccant onto the shrub’s leaves.
  5. Start applying the anti-desiccant once a month in November, and repeat one monthly throughout the winter. DO NOT spray anti-desiccant when temperatures are below 40 degrees.
  6. To protect shrubs from snow damage, tie up branches with jute twine.
  7. For new plantings, wrap the shrub in burlap and tie with twine for protection from both wind and snow.
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One of the best ways to insure your shrubs chances of surviving a cold winter is to select plants that are suited to your climate. Check your hardiness zone when selecting shrubs, trees, and other plants.  Plants better suited to these growing conditions are less likely to winter shrub covers for your location.

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2 Responses

  1. Anyone who grows shrubs can attest to the fact that winter isn’t a very friendly season to these plants. I’m glad I bumped on this article, it’s high time I found winter shrub covers for my shrubs. I’m a bit confused about the watering option when it comes to protecting shrubs. Is it best done manually?

  2. I live in Western New York and I’ve never heard of these. Can’t wait to try these next year. It’s not easy keeping shrubs intact with some of the winters we have here (particularly this year). I like that there are a number of different covers for your different needs. I do use wooden snow covers for my air conditioner unit as we can get a lot of snow. I will try the idea of wood chips too. Amazing what I’m learning here.

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