Avoiding the winter snap

It’s May. Can you believe it? All of a sudden the mornings are darker. We’re presented with shorter days and are dressed in an affinity of layers. This is the time we are reminded that it is not only us as humans who are affected by the change of season. As much as we put the extra effort in our own lives to stock up on vitamins, it is imperative that we pay attention to the greenery we’re surrounded by to ensure we all remain strong during the colder season.

The Western Cape climate during winter is known to plummet quite radically during the June – August months. Thinking ahead, we thought we’d share with you the top tips we’ve found for protecting your trees and garden and avoiding the dreaded winter-snap. Although trees look somewhat dormant in winter, they still continue to slowly grow roots, respire and take in water and nutrients.

  1. Carefully place a few two-litre soft drink bottles filled with water at the base of the trees in your garden. During the night, they’ll release the heat they’ve soaked up during the day. Remember to reuse and recycle these.

  2. Take the time to wrap outdoor festive lights around the tree, or place a low-wattage, waterproof light at the base; the heat given off will rise up into the canopy, and on the plus side will also look beautiful during the evening.

  3. By adding a generous layer of composted organic mulch to the soil surface, you will protect and conserve tree resources and recycle valuable materials. #EcoWarriorWins

  4. Cut ‘em loose. Remove the clearly visible deadwood on your trees. A special note to keep those pruning cuts small, as that will minimise the exposure of the central heartwood core on surrounding branches.

  5. Irrigation is very important. Make sure that you irrigate in the morning rather than in the evenings. This allows the water to be absorbed by the trees and plants before temperatures drop below freezing.

Did we miss anything? Do you have any tips and tricks you’d like to share with us that helped your garden thrive in Winter? We’d love to hear from you. Please let us know if the comments.

Stay warm.

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