- Step 1: Consider location Grow plants near the southwest side of your home to maximize evening winter sun.
- Step 2: Water before first freeze Water your plants before the first freeze. When frost is in the forecast, water your plants in the morning so they're not wet as night approaches.
- Step 3: Add mulch Add 2 inches of mulch around the base of the plants. Common mulches are straw, leaves, and bark.
- TIP: Adding mulch reduces water loss and protects your plants from freezing temperatures. Remove the mulch in the spring.
- Step 4: Cover shrubs Cover your evergreen shrubs with burlap or a fabric that breathes, since plants need air circulation.
- TIP: If possible, keep the cloth from coming in contact with the plants.
- Step 5: Cover at sunset Cover your plants just when the sun is going down. Remove the covers when the sun comes up and temperatures rise above freezing.
- Step 6: Block wind Block frigid winds that can damage your plants with hardy trees and shrubs, or by installing a fence.
- FACT: The General Sherman tree located in the Sequoia National Park in California is the world's single largest living organism.
You Will Need
- Burlap or polyester fabric