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October 17, 2012

Tim's Tips: Prepare your broadleaf evergeens for winter

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You can also wrap your plants with burlap to protect the plants from the wind. The burlap allows the wind to gently pass through without the wind pulling the moisture out of the leaves. Because the burlap is porous, it does not trap in heat the way plastic sheeting can trap in heat.

Last year, we had a new product in the store that was a shrub protector. It is made of green plastic mesh. It has a series of steel rods that form a tent shape. You place these over your shrubs and, with the pegs that are included, stake the cover to the ground.

Some wind and rain can pass through the mesh. The really great feature about this product is that the steel rods prevent the snow from crushing down the cover. This makes these covers ideal for those areas near the roofline where snow can fall on the shrubs.

Winter is coming. How bad will it be? Check back with me in March and I can give you a better idea! Now is the time to get those protective measures in place so that your shrubs won’t need to be replaced next spring.

Well, that’s all for this week. I’ll talk to you again next week.

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Tim Lamprey is the owner of Harbor Garden Center on Route 1 in Salisbury. His website is www.Harborgardens.com. Do you have questions for Tim? Send them to ndn@newburyportnews.com, and he will answer them in upcoming columns.

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