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Some summer residents believe that work in the garden begins when the snow melts. But in order to get a bountiful harvest of unspoiled vegetables and fruits in the fall, it is recommended to visit the dacha monthly. Especially often - towards the end of winter, in February, when thaws and frosts occur, a dangerous time for plants. Much work remains to be done in March as well.
Most of the February summer cottages are dedicated to snow retention and snow removal. By the end of winter, so much snow accumulates that some branches do not stand up and break, especially if the snow is wet. So the primary task is to throw off and shake off the caps and drifts of snow from plants and from the roofs of buildings. The main thing is to remember to clean the greenhouse.
Trees are cleaned carefully and carefully, because branches are fragile from frost. Snow is removed from the tops of the crowns by tapping on the trunk with a stick wrapped in a soft cloth. In addition to the threat of breaking off, plants are threatened with freezing under the influence of February, sometimes even March, frosts.
If there is little snow, you should think about additional shelter, especially strawberry beds. Some are covered with peat, others with straw or other materials. The roots of the trees protect by throwing and trampling snow in the trunks, keeping them warm.
In addition, rodents will not get to the trunks through the dense snow. Trampled snow also melts evenly, preventing individual areas from drying out and gradually moisturizing the soil.
If there was a thaw, snow is also being poured over the thawed areas.
The resulting thick and hard ice crust must be broken with a pitchfork, otherwise it will damage the bark of the trunks. They do this in the afternoon, when it gets warmer. In order for the surface of the crust to warm up sooner, ash is scattered on top - fertilizing and attracting the sun's rays.
Throwing snow on the ridges, do not forget about the greenhouse: it is in February that it is recommended to throw more snow inside - future moisture. When the snow begins to melt, you need to clear the soil under the plums and pears so that the roots do not come out.
If the winter has turned out to be with temperature changes, it is recommended to cut off small branches and put them in water at home to check the viability of the crop. With increasing frosts, and even without sufficient snow cover, burlap or other breathable material is wound on trunks and thick branches. Mulching material is laid around the trees.