How to protect plants in winter

To protect plants from frost, it is recommended to cover them with the arrival of the first cold weather. You can use a variety of materials for this.
The easiest way to protect heat-loving plants is to cover them with a layer of fallen leaves. They are perfect for sheltering bulbous and perennial plants, the aerial part of which dies before the arrival of winter. Evergreen plants shelter leaves can cause harm - the crown of these plants due to lack of access to fresh air can begin to rot. Moreover, a layer of leaves can lead to crown disease, because rotten leaves are a source of disease.
No less affordable means of protecting plants from frost is straw. Straw is a preferred material than leaves because it provides good air circulation. Special straw mats are able to protect plants even from severe frosts, but, unlike leaves, are a favorite wintering place for various rodents.
If there is neither straw nor leaves at hand, it is possible to use the branches that remained after trimming of coniferous trees to cover the plants (including evergreens). Under such a good shelter, the invasion of rodents does not threaten the plants.
It is possible to warm the beds of perennial plants and protect tree trunks from rodents with the help of paper, but because of poor thermal insulation performance and low strength, it is not very popular among gardeners.
It is strictly forbidden to use plastic wrap to protect and insulate plants, since it does not let air through at all. By spring, especially during the period of melting snow, the plants under the film will rot and die.


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