Gardening

Protect your plants from the cold


Starting in the fall, protect your soil and your plants from winter frosts.

Recycle your green waste to cover your hardy plants; for the most fragile, be creative!

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Dead leaves, an ideal mulch

All dead leaves are suitable for mulching, but some are better than others.

The tender leaves of fruit trees, country shrubs and horticultural shrubs (forsythia, spirea, hydrangea…) Decompose faster. Reserve them for your mulches of medium duration (4 to 6 months).

You can spread them on dahlias and on the vegetable patch to protect your winter vegetables like leeks where the cabbage. Also use your mowing waste to a thickness of 10 cm.

Keep your leaves thicker and therefore tougher - like the leaves of plane trees, chestnuts, laurel-sauce or from palm laurel - for perennial plants such as perennial flowers and ornamental hedge shrubs. For best use, pass them through the grinder.

Mulch of all plants

Add value to the cut branches of hedges or fruit trees by crushing them to use them to mulch your roses, hydrangeas and perennials.

If your trees are affected by apple scab, know that there is no longer any risk of contamination in the spring, when the leaves are decomposed and buried in the ground by earthworms.

But as a precaution, it is better to spread these crushed products around the vegetables in the garden: they are insensitive to scab.

All solutions are good!

A simple reed roof installed above the plants with fragile foliage is enough to make them pass the winter without damage. A flat, tilted tile supported by a stake will protect small plants from cold winds and frost.

A wintering veil will prolong the flowering of your camellia while letting him breathe.

For all your exotic plants, use thick mats, pieces of carpet, or dry straw held around the trunk with a string to keep the plant warm.

Set all your potted plants against a well-exposed wall and protect them with bubble wrap.

Better, if you can, get your geraniums and other pelargoniums in an unheated, dry and ventilated place.

M.-C. H.


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Video: How To Protect Your Plants From Frost Damage (October 2020).