Pro­tect trees and shrubs

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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

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