> Hi - I'm planting azaleas outside in zone 5 (very windy). Label says hardy
> to zone 5 but the wind worries me. Could you please tell me exactly how you
> wrap plants in burlap - one by one, around the bed, all winter, just at
> times? Help - I'm a Florida transplant. Also, do you water at all in the
The thing to remember is that you are protecting the plant from winter sun
and winter wind when the soil is frozen. You are not putting a winter
coat on the plant.
Hence, the burlap only makes sense when the ground is frozen. Second, it
only does good when it breaks up the winter wind and winter sun. I have
used plywood barriers on the northwest side of new rhododendron and
azaleas beds which are in the open. This works great success to protect
plants in my yard from wind burn. I take my chances with sun exposure.
The winter sun is from a very low angle, so any usable shading needs to be
to the south of the plant. In most areas winter winds come primarily from
one direction. A local meteorologist or gardener can tell you which
When the ground is not frozen, watering in the winter is very often a good
idea. However too much water is a bad idea.
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Cheers, Steve Henning, Reading, Pennsylvania, USA
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