When the snow covers massive, lawn, planters, vegetable garden, and that the weight of this heavy coat makes the trees of the orchard and the hedge bend, the concern gains many gardeners. Is there still time to save snow-covered plants? This is what we asked Charly de Jardiland, counting on her experience and knowledge of the plant world.
Is it possible to anticipate snowfall by acting accordingly in the garden?
If it is possible to predict the arrival of snow, we cannot avoid that the garden is completely covered with it. Fortunately, there are a few solutions to limit the damage when the damage is done. In an emergency, it is absolutely necessary to clear the branches and twigs of shrubs and evergreen trees and do the same to also relieve conifers of the weight of snow. Evergreens and needles hold snow, which makes certain species of trees and shrubs vulnerable. But beware ! Shaking the branches violently to knock off the snow that has accumulated there and then has frozen can cause them to break. Delicacy is therefore essential.
Does the snowy lawn also suffer?
The lawn supports a white coat. On the other hand, it is better not to walk on a snow-covered lawn until the melting is finished. This avoids engraving fingerprints for several weeks.
Aside from the risk of branch breakage due to its weight, does snow have any other impact on plants?
Snow threatens many plants because it can burn their leaves, but also their buds. In certain regions, it is not uncommon for late snow to devastate the fruit trees, which are then in full recovery of vegetation. The cherry tree and many other fruit trees have a lot to lose when the snow falls very late. I recommend laying protective veils on leafy plants in anticipation of future snowfall, using mulching and installing frames in the vegetable garden to shelter winter vegetables. And let's not forget that frost and sun exert a magnifying effect which also burns plants.
Is it possible to save plants that have suffered because of the snow?
After a snowy period, the garden seems to have suffered. Many of the blackened leaves appear dead… and they are probably so. But patience can ultimately lead to good surprises! Once spring returns, with the softening of temperatures and the resumption of vegetation, new leaves appear and twigs start again.
What to do when the early snow covers the flower boxes still in bloom?
It is necessary to immediately clear the pots of accumulated snow because in case of heavy frost, they risk to split following the hardening of the snow loaded with water. But for flowers, just wait. At best, they will be protected by this layer of snow if temperatures drop further. At worst they will have lost their luster. However, there again, spring will bring your potted plants back to life if they are perennials.