How to Discreetly Protect My Outdoor Plants From Everything


There are methods to keep outdoor plants protected from natural elements such as excessive rain or lack of rainfall, pests, strong winds, frost and snow. Using discreet measures that protect your plants from visible or hidden dangers, elongates their lifespan while allowing for a more elegant design so that the protection measures don't impede the beauty of the plants.

Step 1

Dig a 6-inch deep trench in your flower beds and level the base with the back of your shovel. Trim off the excess length around the sides of a biodegradable weed mat, and make holes through it to accommodate plants before laying it over the base. Pour soil into the flowerbed, covering the weed mat completely so it is not visible.

Step 2

Insert the base of a solar bell into the soil around your plant. Put the cover over your plant's top and push it into the base. This protection is necessary for areas where water collects and pools, or in climates with excessive rainfall. This encasement wards off insects and retains the suns heat and light, thus increasing your plants' growth.

Step 3

Dig a round 1-inch wide and 4-inch deep trench around your plant. Fill bare or loose spots with extra dirt, and place the water barriers. This protects plants from dehydration from lack of water in areas where rainfall is minimal or scarce.

Step 4

Collect leaves, wood chips, bark and yard waste and spread them over your plant directly after you pruned it in preparation for oncoming winter. This cover is decorative and functional, because it blends with the surrounding ground while protecting the plant from frost and snowfall.

Step 5

Install ant baits to address ant problems that damage your plants in search for food. Remove pet food or fruit near the ant bait. Follow label directions for adding bait to the ant bait stations. Remove old, dried bait and replace with fresh bait regularly.

Step 6

Install a low picket or twig fence around beds containing plants to deter children or pets from running over them. Lay same-size twigs parallel to each other on the ground, spaced equally apart. Insert a long twig perpendicularly over them, and attach with cord or wire.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Scissors
  • Biodegradable weed mat
  • Solar bell
  • Water barriers
  • Dried leaves and wood chips
  • Ant baits
  • Twigs


  • North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service: Preparing Nursery Plants for Winter
  • UC IPM Online: How to Manage Pests
  • Gardener's Supply Company: Biodegradable Weed Mat
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