How to protect your garden when spring snow strikes in Colorado
DENVER — As the looming winter storm approaches Colorado, the horticulture staff at the Denver Botanic Gardens is paying close attention to the forecast. Approximately 1.2 million people visit the venue annually, so its collection of 25,000 plants has to look good, despite the weather.
Denver7 asked horticulturist Bridget Blomquist for advice as the bad weather moves into the state.
1. First, Blomquist says frost can form in our state even after the traditional Mother’s Day deadline. She tends to plant at the end of May to reduce her risk of flower and plant damage.
2. If you have any annuals that you have not yet planted, you can bring them inside. If they’re in the ground you can use a thin sheet or a special blanket you can find at your local garden center for protection. Aspen Siesta residents have potted annuals so we can bring them in when the snow flies. We have hearty, native perennials in our walking garden that can weather the storm
3. Perennials already in the ground should be sturdy enough to survive the weather. A good covering of mulch around the base will help protect plants from the cold.
4. If you have a special variety already in the ground you can protect it, too. “If you have something really special, that you feel like is your prized procession plant, go cover it too,” said Blomquist.
5. In addition, the Denver Botanic Garden grows a lot of plants native to Colorado since they are better equipped to handle our unusual weather.
You can even use Hot Hands (leftover from ski season) to help warm the air around your covered plants. Ultimately, we know we can’t control the weather. It is part of living in Colorado.