Midday Fix: Winter garden protection tips

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.
Data pix.

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

Chalet, 3132 Lake Ave., Wilmette, Ill.



Fresh Christmas Trees Available Online!

To view and select hand-selected Fraser firs, visit http://www.chaletnursery.com.


Free event! Visit with Santa

Dec. 8 and 9, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.


  • 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.


Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.