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When garden plants take their breather in winter, the gardener can't sit back and relax. On the contrary, important maintenance work is on the agenda as long as there is no freezing permafrost. Here you can find out what to do in the wintry garden.

Sensitive plants should be protected from frost

Cutting shrubs and trees - you should pay attention to this

Garden shears and pruning shears are in constant use in winter to cut all kinds of trees into shape. Apart from ornamental shrubs that bloom in spring and rhododendrons that are sensitive to pruning, pruning in winter promotes vitality and flowering. In order for the winter shape and maintenance cut to be successful, please pay attention to the following tips:

  • It's not colder than - 2 degrees Celsius
  • The wood is ideally dry or only slightly damp
  • Blades and cutting blades are sharp and sanitized with alcohol
  • Smooth the edges of larger cuts and apply a thin coat of wound paste

The best shape and maintenance cut cannot prevent snow breakage. From a height of 10 cm, the white splendor should be removed from bushes, trees and hedges. At the latest when the branches bend under a thick blanket of snow, they should be relieved of their load so that they don't break.

Tree coating protects against winter sun

When the sun's rays hit tree trunks in severe frost, cracks in the bark are inevitable. Diseases and pests have only been waiting for this opportunity. With a special white coat you prevent the fatal damage. Thanks to the light color, sun rays are reflected. The bark heats up more slowly so it doesn't tear.

Putting a winter coat on potted plants - this is how it works

In pot culture, hardy perennials lose their frost tolerance considerably. The low volume of substrate and the exposed position behind thin vessel walls make a root ball vulnerable to frost. To ensure that potted plants survive the winter healthy and lively, the following protection is effective:

  • Place pots in a niche protected from wind and rain
  • Use insulating materials such as blocks of wood or styrofoam boards as a base
  • Wrap buckets with bubble wrap, jute ribbons or winter fleece
  • Cover the substrate with a thick layer of wood shavings or autumn leaves

With a pot diameter of less than 30 cm, all winter protection measures are in vain. Therefore, please place small pots in frost-free, bright winter quarters.

Water in beds and buckets when there is frost - combat drought stress

In the rarest of cases, winter plant death is due to frost and snow. Rather, drought stress is the most common cause of dead shrubs and shrubs after the winter period. Brilliantly beautiful winter weather with blue skies, severe frost and no snow cover will cause your plants in beds and tubs to die of thirst. Especially evergreen plants do not survive this hardship. Therefore, water regularly in cold frost weather in winter.


Have you decided on a living garden fence made of shrubs? Then between November and March is the right time to plant bare-root trees. In contrast to container goods, bare-root young plants are significantly cheaper, which has a positive effect on the budget when designing a meter-long enclosure.

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