Snow is a given in a Hudson Valley winter. It’s part of what makes up our 4 seasons and many of us consider it a a playground. It’s not so great for gardens. Or is it. There are pros and cons to having a snowy garden and I talk about them both on this week’s podcast.
Hello, gardeners, and welcome to Gardening the Hudson Valley. The show that brings you news and updates from the gardens and gardeners of New York’s beautiful valley region. I’m your host, Marie Iannotti.
Well, we knew it was coming. Real snow. Snow measured in feet, not just annoyance. Isn’t it lovely?
It wouldn’t be the NE without snow, so let’s enjoy our 4th season in all it’s glory. Snow is great for more than skiing and snowboarding. It makes a great winter mulch and soil insulator. There will be no worries of plants heaving out of the ground from the soil freezing and thawing as long, as this billowing comforter sticks around. And harsh winds aren’t going to bother your semi-evergreen perennials with dessication.
There is one major drawback to heavy snow, though. It raises the height foraging animals can reach on your plants. And I’m not just talking about deer, which will be out enforce, now that the forest floor is covered.
Even if you protected your susceptible shrubs, rabbits, mice and other hungry animals can walk on top of the snow and munch much higher on plants. Shrubs like blueberries and hydrangeas may not need pruning next spring, if they get to them now.
So check any protection you ‘ve already put out and keep an eye out for tracks in the snow that lead straight to your favorite shrubs. It’s not too late to spray them with an odor or taste deterrent, provided you can get to them.
Of course, they will always grow back in the spring. But you may be sacrificing some blooms or fruits. It’s a tough call to make.
I hope I’ll be talking about the lighter side of gardening soon. Until then, I thank you for checking in and listening. I hope you will join me here again next week and on the web site at www.gardeningthehudsonvalley.com, for more gardening tips from the most beautiful place on earth.