Wintertime is generally considered a time of rest for gardeners, but that doesn’t mean there is nothing to worry about in the garden. On the contrary, with fewer leafy green options around, winter is a hungry time for animals. The tender young trees, ornamental shrubs, and bulbs nestled beneath the surface of a garden are alluring to a wide range of wildlife. It doesn’t matter how cute these garden visitors may be — if your garden is on the menu, they will quickly become unwelcome pests!
Wildlife varies from region to region, but the top offenders in winter gardens tend to be deer, rabbits, raccoons, and burrowing rodents. Protecting plants from wildlife in winter is possible, but the strategy will be different for each type of animal. Read on to learn how to protect your garden plants from wildlife in winter.