PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Before you start wrapping presents, you might want to wrap up a few plants in your garden. Wrapping protects plants from winter weather – and that helps you grow things in the Delaware Valley that are accustomed to much warmer climates. Like fig trees – you often see them wrapped – they’d rather grow in the sunny Mediterranean, but by protecting them from the cold around here, you’ll be able to harvest lots of figs every year. Many gardeners also wrap plants just to discourage deer from nibbling on them too.

To wrap plants, first put stakes into the ground around tender trees or shrubs – or use those metal posts and wire fencing. Mulch roots well, add leaves to insulate, and then wrap the frame with breathable fabric – like burlap or an old sheet – and don’t let the fabric touch the branches. Click on the links below for more details.

To make a wrapped plant look prettier you can add a red ribbon or big bow, so it’ll look less like a bandage and more like a holiday decoration in your yard.

Reported By Phran Novelli, KYW Newsradio

Wrapping and other ways to protect all kinds of plants:

Fig tree wrapping specifically:

Download a pdf about taking care of fig trees:

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