Midday Fix: Winter garden protection tips

Tony Fulmer, Chief Horticulture Officer, Chalet Landscape, Nursery & Garden Center

Chalet, 3132 Lake Ave., Wilmette, Ill.



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  • Cut down roses to 24-30” to prevent tall plants from rocking too much in the winter wind and breaking their roots. You can also use a “rose collar” filled with mulch to insulate roses.
  • Leaf mulch is great for protecting perennials, too, because it can be reused as summer mulch next year. Mulch roots instead of leaves and stems..
  • After you take your fresh Christmas tree down this holiday season, cut off some of the branches to use them as another layer of winter mulch over tender perennials.
  • If you have evergreens on your property near the street, protect them from de-icing products used on streets and sidewalks by putting up a burlap screen as a filter.
  • Prevent hungry rodents from taking bark off trees this winter by creating a cylinder of hardware cloth secured with zip ties that can be gently placed into the ground as a barrier.