Coniferous plants create a very special atmosphere of a fairy tale and comfort on the site. Cultures are quite unpretentious, pleasing to the eye even when there is not a single green leaf left on the site. Today we will talk about how to properly protect this beauty in winter so that not a single needle freezes.
Do I need to cover conifers?
Breeders have bred many frost-resistant varieties of conifers, but even they should be insulated in the first year of life, and what can we say about exotics! Summer residents with experience know that it is not low temperature that harms plants, but:
- prolonged thaws during which crops evaporate a lot of moisture. They cannot replenish it, because they are at rest, and therefore dry up;
- frosty wind — it especially often breaks tall perennials. To avoid this, it is advisable to plant them along the walls of the house or fence, as well as surrounded by other trees;
- the sun’s rays — they are quite active even in winter, so they leave burns on the delicate needles.
Don’t leave your «thorns» defenseless against these factors, but before you cover them, you need the right preparation.
The subtleties of preparing conifers for wintering
In order for trees and shrubs to winter without loss, they need:
Secrets of warming medium-sized conifers
Cover spruces and pines only in the first winter, and separate types of fir, cypress, yew and cedar — from year to year. You need to act according to the following scheme:
If you are afraid to damage the branches of your prickly pet, then build a plastic or wood frame around it and cover it with any material:
Important! You should not make a metal frame and cover it with a film — a metal mesh or sheets conduct cold well and can greatly harm plants, and the film does not allow moisture and air to pass through, and provokes rotting of crops.
How to insulate undersized conifers
They are easier to cover due to their size. You can build a hut from pine or spruce paws over them. If you live in the north of Belarus, and the temperature in your area drops below -20 ° C in winter, then cover such a “hut” with an additional plastic container.
Follow our tips and your «thorns» will feel comfortable even in severe frosts!
Article author: Natalia