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How do I prepare my backyard for snow?

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The snow is indeed there! But how do you protect your snowy garden? What mistakes should you avoid? 

The snowflakes have fallen during the night, and you wake up with every outdoor place covered by a white layer. Here we will share some valuable tips to protect your garden and backyard from snow and cold.

Should we remove snow from the garden?

You might be tempted to remove the snow that has taken over your yard. However, it is particularly beneficial for plants. Indeed, it protects the soil of plants from frost and shallow temperatures. Also, snow continues to provide water to your plants without you having to water them. Nevertheless, remember to shake your plants' branches or put a plant cover on them so that the leaves do not get heavy and break.

Snow in the garden: precautions to take

To clear walkways is better to avoid road salt and opt for sand. Indeed, sand will not harm the health of your surrounding plants. Also, avoid walking on the snow-covered lawn. The grass may be of lower quality until the good weather returns.

Here you have 11 tips to protect your backyard from the snow!

1. Remember that snow is good for the garden.   

You may think you need to barricade your garden to keep it from the snow, but that is not right. Indeed, snow offers many advantages to your outdoor space.

2. Do not opt for road salt.
Do not use road salt to remove snow from your backyard walkways. Indeed, salt could harm the health of your surrounding plants. Opt for sand instead.

3. Do not mulch the soil.
It is not necessary to mulch the soil when it snows. Snow acts as a protective barrier against frost and intense cold.

4. Do not remove snow from the leaves.
Be careful that snow does not break the branches of your plants. Too much snow can be heavy on the leaves, so remember to shake your plant to remove the snow on it.

5. Use plant covers for freeze protection.
To don't have to shake all the plants in the garden, consider using a plant cover. It will protect the aerial part of the plant while letting the snow settle on the ground. Consider removing it when the temperatures are milder.

6. Do not walk on the snowy lawn.
It isn't easy to protect the whole lawn from snow. The only thing to do is to let the snow melt by itself without stepping on the grass. If you trample the grass, it might be damaged.

7. Do not water the plants after the snow.
Snow is an excellent source of water for your plants. When it melts, it helps hydrate the plants without you having to water them. No need to take out the garden hose; the snow takes care of everything!

8. Think about the birds.
It is difficult for ground-feeding birds to come and feed on the ground when it is snowy. So consider hanging up food for the birds and building shelters so they can spend the winter warm.

9. Do not break the pond ice.
No need to worry about the life that stirs under the ice cover of your pond, no matter how thin or thick it is. Animals and plants don't need you! Fish, like the rest of the fauna and flora, live in slow motion.

10. Hot water.
Mainly, do not throw hot water on your walkways for backyard fences. While the immediate effect will melt the snow quickly, it can create a harmful layer of ice for your plants.

11. Take into account the snow information.
Indeed, snow is a perfect informant for your vegetable garden. Take a good look at the places where the snow has melted the fastest; this will help you find the warmest places. These will be the most appropriated for planting your seedlings.

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