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Preparing Evergreens for Winter

All evergreens, and particularly broad leaf evergreens such as boxwood and rhododendron, are susceptible to winter desiccation. Winter desiccation also is referred to as winter burn or winter browning. Desiccation occurs when the evergreen's foliage loses moisture due to the bright winter sun and harsh winter winds. In winter the plants are not able to absorb enough additional moisture from the soil to replace the water that evaporates from the foliage and stems. In addition to making sure the plants are well watered before the onset of winter there are a few other measures homeowners can take to protect the plants. Read more about Preparing Evergreens for Winter

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Yard and Garden: Properly Mulch Strawberries for Winter

November 5, 2014, 11:38 am | Richard Jauron, Greg Wallace

While winter is not growing season for strawberries, taking care of strawberry plants remains vitally important. Here are some tips from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach on the ins and outs about mulching strawberries for winter. Read more about Yard and Garden: Properly Mulch Strawberries for Winter

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Yard and Garden: Caring for Evergreen Trees During Winter

October 8, 2015, 9:50 am | Richard Jauron, Greg Wallace

Evergreen trees are built to survive the cold weather, but they still need care and preventive measures during the colder months of the year. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach horticulturists offer tips on how to help evergreens survive winter. Read more about Yard and Garden: Caring for Evergreen Trees During Winter

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Yard and Garden: Preparing Gardens for Winter

November 11, 2015, 1:39 pm | Richard Jauron, Kendall Evans

As the temperatures start to drop, some gardeners wonder how to prepare their garden and plants for the winter months. All plants need attention going into winter and there are many methods to provide winter protection. Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach give tips and suggestions on how to prepare the garden for an Iowa winter. Read more about Yard and Garden: Preparing Gardens for Winter

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Prepare Your Plants for Winter

Plants that are well maintained during the year (proper pruning, watering and fertilizing) and that are healthy will be better candidates for winter survival. Winter conditions can kill plants in many ways, even some cold hardy plants. Their tops or roots may freeze. Some evergreens that do not have enough water supply in the soil may dry out when subjected to persistent winds. Read more about Prepare Your Plants for Winter

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