gardenchatter

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Finally We Have Snow!

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Hard to believe, but we didn’t get hit with any major snow this season until this week. Anywhere from 5 to 12 inches fell and the howling wind gave way to drifting snow and whiteouts. Usually by now we have at least a foot or two that has been hanging around for a few weeks.

While we are quite happy to not have to deal with the white stuff, a season without snow in an area that typically receives a fair amount can be detrimental to the garden.

Snow helps to insulate the ground. Without that added protection, the ground freezes deeper than usual, causing possible root damage to trees and shrubs. The snow insulation also helps to keep the earthworms and micro-bugs working on doing their thing deep below the surface.

Snow also helps protect perennial plants and fruit (like strawberries) and bulbs from the alternating thaw/freeze that we see in the winter. When the bare soil warms up from the direct sun, it tends to heave which can cause the plant roots to dry out or break or bring bulbs to the surface where they dry out and then don’t provide the spring blooms we love to see.

Winter wind can also dry out and damage perennials – a layer of snow helps to protect them from the harshness of the gusty chill.

Besides, it’s winter, it’s cold. Snow just makes sense!

(10 weeks until spring!)

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Author: gardenchatter

I'm a Horticulturalist, Master Gardener and member of the Garden Writers Association who enjoys playing in the dirt and experimenting with different veggies, plants and flowers in my Zone 5 garden. Check out http://www.wowmygarden.ca With a recent addition of a greenhouse, my newest passion is growing-your-own. And what fun that is. Yes, there's the odd failure, but there's nothing quite as satisfying as walking through the veggie patch collecting dinner. My own little piece of heaven!

4 thoughts on “Finally We Have Snow!

  1. Where do you live? I’m in Colorado and your wind conditions sound familiar. Dessicating winds and no moisture can ruin the best garden. This year has been mild and unseasonably warm the last few days, but we did get some snow just before Christmas.

    • I’m in Ontario – a couple of hours west of Toronto. Last year we were hit over and over with storms, this year, it’s been quite mild. We have been having a lot of wind though, even through this past summer, strong winds.

  2. I’m still waiting for snow which is very unusual for where I live. We’ve had light snowfall and then gone the next day with a warm-up. I have been hoping for significant snowfall to protect my perennials from the harsh, cold winds we get, and we have had some nasty winds the last few days.

    I, too, am looking forward to spring and my bulbs ! Happy gardening !
    Erin

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