Winterizing Plants

Before winter arrives, check with one of our landscape experts for the plants in your yard that may need extra protection. Plants that may need protection from strong, winter winds may include Japanese Maples, Magnolias, Rhododendrons and Azaleas, Cedars, Eastern Redbud and more. They can benefit from pounding stakes into the ground early before the ground freezes and then, stapling burlap to the stakes around the plant as high as the plant is growing.

Some trees and shrubs will need protection from rabbits, rodents or deer. On deciduous trees, you can wrap a tree guard around the base. One can also spray with Bobbex, but not on any edible plants. The fruit, seeds or nuts may be affected in taste. Bloodmeal may deter some wildlife, but not always. When winter weather is severe and food is scarce, wildlife becomes desperate and will try just about anything even if it tastes bad.