Is the snow good or bad for your garden?

Asgard sheds can withstand the cold... but can your garden?


This is good news for some plants and bad news for others. Snow protects perennial plants that have retreated underground from harsh temperatures. It suits bulbs too: they generally welcome the snow melt once better weather arrives.

Evergreen plants, although fine under fresh powdery snow, can be damaged by the sheer weight of wet snow once a thaw sets in. You can either knock snow off as soon as it arrives or remove it with a gentle push once you sense a thaw setting in.

gardening in the snow

Conifers or hedges may become misshapen under the weight of snow. But if you bind them up with garden twine and canes, left in place for three to six months, you can reshape them. Check all evergreen shrubs and trees, once the weather improves, and remove any damaged branches.

Flimsy garden structures such as fruit cages often bear the brunt of heavy snowfall. Ideally, overhead nets should have been removed in late autumn - but often aren't. Shake off any accumulated snow and store the nets.

Avoid pruning, watering or feeding plants at this time of year. Dormancy is what protects them from the elements, so encouraging fresh growth is not helpful.

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