When you’re the owner of a proud garden, you tend to dread the first snowfall—but there are pros and cons to everything. In fact, did you know that snow both protects and endangers plants? A nice hefty layer of snow can actually protect the soil like a cover. On the other hand, too much snow piled on top of unprotected plants and tree branches can risk permanent breakage because of the heavy weight. So how do we protect our gardens from being damaged by our harsh winters?

Make Use of Your Dead Plants

By the end of the fall season, your garden will be covered in dead plant debris. Luckily, this acts as the perfect compost for your soil. Separate the plant fragments that look unworkable, and use the rest to create a rich, organic soil conditioner. This actually helps destroy diseased pathogens.

Plant the Right Plants

Take a trip to your local gardening store and choose your plants wisely. Buy some beauties that require winter mulching to grow, as some plants—like peonies and bearded iris—do better without it.  We recommend plants that will bloom in early spring to get your garden thriving as quickly as possible.

Make Winter Mulch

If the ground freezes over before you could do anything about it—don’t worry. This is exactly what you need to lay out your winter mulch. Once the ground freezes, add a six-inch layer of compost.

Protecting your garden is important, but can be a little tricky; how do you know which plant debris is usable and which isn’t? How do you know whether your mulch layer is the right thickness? Our specialists can help you take all the right steps to prepare your garden for winter. Contact us today for professional landscaping services, and see your garden flourish next spring!