I am obsessed with blueberries. They’re super tasty and good for you because they’re low in calories, high in fiber, and high in nutrients, according to the Blueberry Council. So I was incredibly happy when we cleared a space for a few bushes last spring. Blueberry bushes turn gorgeous red in autumn, adding a great color to your landscape. They grow slowly and don’t produce much for fruit in the first few years. I especially make sure that they survive the winter. My source for this project is the University of Minnesota Extension website. And it’s easy.
3 steps to prepare blueberry bushes for winter:
- Mulch: Isolate the roots to keep them warmer. Apply 3 to 4 inches of crushed bark mulch around the bushes. I pile up a bit more, about 6 inches, because it settles.
- Water: Because moist soil retains heat better than dry soil, pour water before the soil freezes, especially if you’ve had a dry fall.
- Protect from animals: Build a physical barrier to keep critters like rabbits or deer away from your blueberry bushes. I use wire fences.
After the first year, prune blueberry bushes by cutting only broken, dead, or damaged stems in early spring, when they are completely dormant. With a little luck, my young blueberry bushes will come out of this winter for another growing season.
Winter-hearted blueberry bushes thrive best in cold climates. I found mine at a local garden center.
If you want to know how to plant and grow blueberries, watch my video Health Fusion: 3 Tips for Planting Blueberry Bushes.
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