Delicately laced trees rose above the downy blanket of snow that quieted and comforted the landscape.  It was, at once, beautiful and welcomed.

Snow, for many, is merely a nuisance. Although the aesthetics are undeniable, the beauty, for most, does not outweigh the hassle. Snow is very much a four letter word for the majority, but nature, specifically flora, views the snow entirely differently. Snow, in fact, can be a lifesaver in Winter.

Snow, as you may know, is an insulator, and helps warm and maintain soil temperatures. Because the heart and majority of any plant or tree lies below the surface, the warmer soil temps aid in the plants’ survival. The same insulating properties help protect perennials, bulbs, and groundcover from the potentially damaging effects of the freeze-thaw cycle. Without the presence of snow, coupled with milder temps and sunny days, the soil’s surface can temporarily warm, leading to soil heaving, which can injure roots and dehydrate plants.

Additionally, snow provides much-needed moisture for the plants’ root systems. Snow also acts as a barrier to drying winds, like an anti-dessicant, thus mitigating water loss. Snow can also help reduce soil erosion from cold, drying winds. Think of it as nature’s blanket. Your garden does!

Snow also highlights the beauty of structure and form, from trees to perennials to ornamental grasses. It can be as beneficial as it is stunning.  Feel free to reach out to Sweeney’s with any of your winter needs.  We proudly serve the communities of Villa Park, Elmhurst, Oakbrook, Oakbrook Terrace, Glen Ellyn, Lombard, Wood Dale, Itasca, and more!

Plant of the Week

First Editions® Snow White™ Mock Orange

Deciduous shrub produces large, double white flowers with a distinct citrusy scent May – August amongst dark green foliage.  Prefers sun to partial sun, and moist, well-drained soil.  Grows 4-6′ tall and 4-6′ wide.  Attracts butterflies and other pollinators.

 “I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says, “Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.”

 -Lewis Carroll

Warm wishes,

Kim Sweeney