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Freeze Out the Cold Damage

Freeze Out the Cold Damage

Think about it: Do you love drastic fluctuations in temperature, especially when those fluctuations have the thermometer hovering near, or sometimes even below, freezing? Unless you’re an Eskimo, the answer is probably not; and your plants are the same way. All of those lovely green things growing in your garden and that beautiful lawn you’ve worked so hard to maintain are extremely vulnerable to cold damage. So when winter weather sets in, you need to know how to be prepared.

Believe it or not, cold damage to plants and winter damage to lawns is actually caused by a combination of things, not just plain and simple cold. Sure, frigid temps don’t help things; but giving your yard proper care and maintenance throughout the year can be one of the best ways of keeping your landscape safe. If you’re already being a bit neglectful, however, cold, and most especially great fluctuations in temperature, will cause cold damage to hit your landscape hard. So aside from waving your magic wand to prevent frozen ground from taking its toll on your yard, what can you do to reduce your risk of cold damage this winter? One way is to get your head in the zone. The hardiness zone.

Zoning Out

If you’ve ever talked to professional landscapers or local landscape maintenance companies about plant hardiness zones, you may not even know they exist. Hardiness actually refers to the ability of a plant to cope with colder temperatures; and if you’re in an area where the cold really becomes and issue, you’ll need to know about the cold hardiness of your plants. Hardiness zones range from 1 to 11, with 1 being the coldest temperatures during winter and 11 staying at the warmest end. Concurrent with these zones, plants are given a hardiness rating that reflects where they’ll thrive the most in winter; but even the hardiest of plants can still be at risk during extreme weather.

If you want to research things yourself, check out this list to see which plants fare best in your area during winter. If you’re planning on planting anything, the guide will also offer advice on how and when to plan your planting project.

Regardless of which hardiness zone you may live in, there are still preparations to be made for sharp fluctuations in temperature. Pruning and fertilizing during the proper seasons will help ensure an easier passage through winter, and you can protect plants from freezing by covering them with blankets and other protective barriers. It’s also crucial to water only as necessary. Wet soil increases the possibility that it will freeze and cause even greater damage to your plants.

Give winter damage the cold shoulder! Call the team of outdoor experts at Executive Landscaping, Inc., today!