Shield Plants From Harsh Winters
Ensure successful spring growth by putting a rhubarb-protection plan in place to guard from the cold-climate-conditions and harsh elements after the Fall season.
Many plants survive the winter cold without much help from us.
They simply don't seem to need it or are just plain neglected. The compost added during the summer was probably enough to protect them later on.
Well, that is not necessarily so all the time with all plants.
You should provide wind-shelters from the cold blowing winds that can and will dry out the plants severely.
Rhubarb can survive the cold winter well. In fact, it needs the cold to some degree to signal the dormancy stage. But, help it to remain healthy by covering it with compost, manure, straw or even evergreens as a wonderful plant-insulation against the weather.
The evergreen boughs will contribute greatly by allowing good air and moisture circulation throughout the rhubarb garden.
After the winter freeze, pull back the mulch and the other compost materials. Allow the crowns to warm up from the sunlight and signal the rhubarb buds to start growing.
Instead of struggling back, your plants will bounce back to life to make a smoother and much healthier transition into Spring.
Preparing Your Plants for Winter
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