Winterize Azaleas Using Burlap

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Azaleas are very popular spring blossoms but they can also survive the winter with proper care. Love to have azaleas in winter? Follow the steps and you will enjoy its beauty all throughout the year.

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This extremely popular shrub is truly a delightful sight to see. Its yellow, pink, magenta or orange flowers could truly brighten up everyone's day. You will also likely love watching them drop their leaves during winter. However, some azaleas can also be evergreen in nature and hold their leaves all throughout the year, regardless of the season. Spring and summer are the best times of the year for these shrubs. In contrast, winter can be a difficult season for azaleas. If you decide to grow these shrubs, make sure you are prepared to provide the extra care they need during the cold days.

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Whether your area is prone to frosting or not, your azaleas will need adequate protection to get through the very low temperature. By providing your azaleas with the attention, care and protection it needs during this season, you are also gearing up for success in the upcoming growing period. The task of winterizing your azaleas may be complicated and confusing for newbies or inexperienced growers but with the right information, preparing your azaleas for the winter season will be a hassle-free experience. Afterwards, you can just sit down and relax.

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How to Prepare Your Azaleas for Winter using Burlap

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    Gradually lessen watering.
    Approximately a month before the forecast onset of the winter season, you should reduce the amount of water your azaleas are given, because they need to harden before getting hit by frost. You should only water them again after getting hit by a few hard frosts, to bring back the moisture of the soil.
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    Keep yourself updated on the forecast.
    Check when an extended cold front is likely to hit. Once this cold front is forecast, you will probably only have a maximum of two days to complete winterizing your azaleas.
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    Prepare mulch.
    You need to make sure you have a sufficient amount of mulch. In general, you should have enough mulch for a 2-inch depth on the ground for each plant. Allocate extra mulch for fragile plants that will require more than usual.
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    Cut some branches.
    Deciduous azaleas should have their unruly branches trimmed down, while the evergreen varieties should only be trimmed to remove dead branches and stems. Sharp loppers or pruning clippers will be the perfect tools for this job.
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    Apply the mulch around the plants.
    After applying the mulch to the depth of 2 inches, water your azaleas thoroughly. The mulch will help retain moisture and provide sufficient protection for the plants.
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    Protect the plants.
    Use a burlap sack to cover your azaleas during the winter season. You may also place a number of stakes around the plant and place the burlap around these stakes. These burlap sacks will help protect your plants from the extremely cold weather.
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    Be careful in fertilizing your azaleas.
    To keep your azaleas healthy and blooming, fertilizing will be necessary. However, extreme care and caution should be exerted during the fertilization phase. Fertilizing your plants after June is highly discouraged, since it is not a good idea to spur your azaleas into active growth before the winter season. Some azalea experts also emphasize that organic mulch will be enough to provide these azaleas with the nutrients they need. Never fertilize your plants until at least the last frost in the spring time.
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Questions and Answers

Is a rock garden enough protection for my azaleas if I use burlap sacks to winterize instead of mulch?

I have a rock garden with evergreen azalea's. I want to know if my rock garden will provide adequate protection for the winter if I also use burlap sacks?

Azaleas are generally well suited to zones 5 through 9, and the 'Golden Lights' variety is even suited to zone 4, and can withstand temperatures of -30F. Therefore, the zone you are in will largely dictate whether your plants will survive a harsh winter.

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To properly winterize your Azaleas, saturate their root structure with water when you start seeing frost and the ground starts to freeze. Do this early in the morning, and then again in the evening. This will help your Azaleas acclimate to freezing during the winter. Also, winter winds and dry air can cause the evergreen leaves of your Azaleas to dry out. Watering them won't always prevent this, and you may need to apply an anti-transpirant in the most cold and windy months. This will help keep them from turning brown, or losing foliage.

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Hi, I had read somewhere that Burlap can't touch the azaleas is that true?

I live in Michigan and I am trying to make sure they survive the winter

The Burlap bag as much as possible should not touch the azaleas. However it will not kill the entire plant if it does. Just don't let the weight of the burlap crush the plant over the winter.

I am in zone 5, how do I wrap my azaleas to survive the -20+ temperatures and winds?

The are planted on the west side of the garden with an 8' cedar hedge 3' to the west. They are beneath a large maple and protected from the south by the wind shadow of the house 10' south of their location. Do I cover the tops of the bushes as well as the sides? Our temperatures have been fluctuating from -15 to +12 over the past month. Am I too late to protect them and save them?

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I live in Michigan and would like to know when to uncover my azalea?

Can you respond to my email Thank you

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Do you cover the top of the azalea as well?

Do you fully encase the azalea with burlap?. I have tried: Nothing yet. I think it was caused by: Just trying to plan ahead.

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