Protect trees and shrubs
In cold, windy areas wrap fleece around tender shrubs to protect them from frost. In very exposed spots, winter winds can scorch newly planted evergreens, so build a temporary structure to protect them. Drive several tree stakes into the ground around the plant, then wrap fleece around the stakes. Secure with galvanised U-shaped staples. Keep in place until spring (below). Hardy plants can suffer in winter weather too. Look for: Soil heave Strong winds can rock newly planted trees and shrubs, causing the soil to loosen around the rootball. Tread the soil down around the plants for good contact Missing ties Tree ties can become loose so the stake doesn’t provide sufficient support. Tighten or replace ties and stakes, as required. Bark damage Check whether ties are rubbing. If so, loosen them.
Wrap tender shrubs and trees in fleecy cones