Bundling Shrubs for Winter
Tender shrubs growing in your landscape need your help to survive winter temperatures and harsh winds. Here's how to bundle them snugly until spring. Late autumn, just before weather turns cold for the season, is the time to do this job.
Give your shrub a good drink of water before you wrap it for winter. Lay a slowly trickling hose at the base of the plant to thoroughly soak the soil around roots. Water in the soil will freeze in a block in winter and thaw in spring, providing roots with water. You'll unwrap shrubs in spring after the last frost.
Tuck burlap under the shrub
Tuck burlap under the shrub you plan to bundle. You'll be wrapping the plant from the bottom up so branches don't get pulled into unnatural positions. Practice folding the burlap around the shrub. If the fabric is too big, trim it now.
Tightly wrap the shrub
Pull the burlap together to form a tight bundle around shrub, concealing all greenery. Where the burlap overlaps and forms a seam, "pin" it together with nails. Start pinning at the bottom and work your way to the top. Keep a firm grip while pinning; if you don't make your bundles tight enough, they'll eventually droop and slide off.
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