The Good Thing About Snow

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A little tough to see, but we're at the 7 inch mark.

Two inches here, three inches there, now we’re talking about decent snow cover. While shoveling the snow is a chore — although one I don’t mind — and driving in it can be hazardous, northern gardeners should rejoice with every inch. According to U of M Extension, snow is the best insulation for perennials. Kathy Purdy of Cold Climate Gardening points out that gardeners from areas that experience a reliable snowfall can often plant perennials that might not survive otherwise.

Unfortunately, snow cover here has been unreliable the past few years. A so-called wimpy winter often means warm weather that melts the snow just before subzero temperatures hit.  Garden experts advise putting down a layer of mulch on perennial beds as the ground is freezing. We’re fortunate this year to get a little extra help from the snow.

2 Replies to “The Good Thing About Snow”

  1. The best case scenario is when you get a good thick snow cover before the ground even freezes, and it stays the whole winter. The worst case is the dreaded open winter, subzero temps and no snow cover at all!

  2. We’re having an in-between winter. It was pretty cold before we got snow — and frankly, I wish we would get a big dump of 10 plus inches, but no such luck, yet. But, we have had pretty consistent cover since Thanksgiving. Hopefully, it will stick around until (ugh!) April.

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