Most homeowners understand the importance of a beautiful yard. There’s a reason why nearly 90% of real estate agents encourage sellers to invest in landscaping before putting their homes on the market, after all. But now that winter is here, how can you ensure your garden or wholesale plants are protected during the cold weather? By following these tips, of course.
Frost can easily damage your plants (and vegetables, of course), so you’ll want to cover any cold-sensitive plants to protect them when the temperatures drop. Tropical plants, cacti, succulents, citrus trees, ferns, and other veggies require protection from the cold. When temperatures are predicted to drop below the mid-20 degrees Fahrenheit, you should cover vegetables; when temperatures drop below 20 degrees Fahrenheit, do the same with other cold-sensitive plants. You should use only frost cloth designed for plant cover (i.e., no plastics, as these can actually cause more damage). Talk to your local landscapers if you need recommendations on how to care for your plants during these chilly months.
Moist soil has more insulation and holds more heat for longer than dry soil does. Therefore, dry soils should be watered at least a day before extreme cold temperatures arrive. However, you should be careful not to overwater your plants during the winter season. Too much moisture in the soil can lead to rot and other plant diseases, which could be disastrous for your garden or landscaping. Again, contact your local landscapers if you are uncertain about when or how much to water during the winter.
Potted plants may look great, but they’re even more vulnerable to the cold than plants in the ground are. If you are unable to transfer potted plants to the ground earlier in the season, you’ll need to move these plant containers to protected areas. These areas might include the garage or the porch. You can also put them under dense trees to keep them safe from harsher weather. When potted plants cannot be moved, you can wrap them in insulating materials like blankets or construct a straw-filled wire cage around them.
Ultimately, the winter season is a great time to work with your local Waynesboro landscaper and plan ahead for next year. But that doesn’t mean you should forget all about the plants you have now. By taking the steps to protect them, you’ll have a much lusher, healthier garden come spring.