The temperatures are dropping and it has quickly become sweater weather. Sure, it’s easy for you to bundle up, but what about your plants? They may need an extra layer for winter, too.
Newer plants, ones in the ground less than five years, especially need extra TLC going into winter. On a day above freezing, give them a thorough soaking. Then, mulch with leaves, wood mulch or straw around the base of the plant. This will help protect the roots from freezing. If your area has a dry winter, on warm days give all your plants a good watering. A guideline to follow is a thorough soaking of 6-8” deep every few weeks.
When the days start warming up for spring, don’t be too impatient in removing the mulch. Wait until all danger of frost has passed.