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Gardening tips for Duluth's Northern climate, hosted by Master Gardener Tom Kasper.

Tips for Hardy Gardeners: Bundling Up

Two deer stand in the snow eating from a tree and from the ground
Larry Reis [Via Flickr]

Maybe you wrapped up your trees and plants before the snow fell. Maybe all that wrap is now buried and out of sight. This leaves trees vulnerable to the hungry animals out there, and due to the snowfall, those animals are now several feet higher off the ground than usual.

The snow has been a blessing to plants that are now insulated underneath the snow. However, there's a flip-side to that coin. "Above that snowline is really exposed to the potential hazards of animals who are struggling to find things to eats," says Tom Kasper. "Whether it's deer or rabbit or mice, or whatever it happens to be, can do significant damage." Smaller trees and shrubs are at particularly high risk. Animals are drawn to the tender bark of younger plants.

It may be cold outside, but heading into the elements and adding additional tree wrap is one of the actions that you can take. "Getting some burlap from the local hardware store to wrap around it... will definitely pay dividends when it comes to spring," says Kasper.

Bundle up yourself, then bundle up your plants.

Luke Moravec is the host for Northland Morning on The North 103.3. He’s also a local actor, musician and writer. He loves puzzles, riddles and fun mysteries.
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