We love evergreens for their four-season interest especially in a fresh snowfall. Since they keep their needles/leaves year round, it is important to take some steps to make sure evergreens remain healthy through the winter months as they will continue to lose water and be susceptible to damage from sunscald or windburn. The best protection against winter damage is moderate moisture in the soil. Continue checking the soil under evergreens into early winter or until the ground is frozen. If we have a dry fall, make sure to keep these plants well watered. (more…)
October 20, 2013
December 26, 2012
Many of us decorate with garland, porch pots, wreaths and trees. Once the holiday season has passed, The Growing Place offers these ideas on how to use live evergreen boughs in the garden.
- Place branches over shallow rooted plants such as mums, coral bells, strawberries and spring bulbs to insulate their roots through freezing and thawing.
- Acid loving plants such as rhododendron and holly appreciate a layer of evergreens as the needles add a slight acid boost. When picking them up in the spring, give boughs a shake to let the needles fall and mix in to your mulch.
- Mulch Endless Summer and other varieties of Hydrangea macrophylla. The boughs will add another layer of protection over their flower buds for next year.
- Tender roses such as hybrid teas, grandifloras and floribundas do well with a layer of compost, then leaves or straw and a final layer of evergreen boughs. Mulch them once we receive a couple of hard freezes, usually in December. (more…)