A great deal of gardening activity in the colder winter seasons involves ensuring that your plants are carefully prepared to deal with the harsher conditions.
Chartered landscape architect and garden writer Bunny Guinness underlined the importance of ensuring that a layer of mulch is placed around anything that is in particular need of protection.
In an article for the Daily Telegraph, she explained that leaves can be used to insulate the soil in this way.
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"With plants such as agapanthus and zantedeschias that are borderline hardy, mulching with a good thick 15-20 cm (six-eight inch) layer of bark /straw should guarantee survival whatever the weather," Ms Guinness remarked.
She added that it is hard to predict what kind of winter we will be facing this year, so it is best for people to prepare for everything.