Frozen plants are not something anyone wants to see, especially if they’ve invested time and money into their garden to keep their landscape looking at the top of its game. But winter weather has a tendency to wreak havoc on plants and grass, both of which can be extremely sensitive to colder temperatures and all of the complications that come with it.
Fortunately, if you do a little bit of seasonal preparation, frozen plants don’t have to bring your hopes of a beautiful yard to a screeching halt. Yes, cold damages plants to a certain degree, but that damage isn’t necessarily irreparable. If you talk to professional landscapers, they’ll be able to provide you with some tips on what to do with frost damaged plants and even how to prevent the possibility of freeze damaged plants. With a little bit of work, this winter could be your yard’s best yet; and the frozen plants you once feared can be banished from your mind.
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A great deal of freeze damage to plants can be prevented by protecting those plants from hard freezes with layers of insulation around them. Cover them for the overnight hours with blankets and other barriers that keep in the warm and shield them from the cold. It’s important to remember, however, to remove those plant protection coverings when the sun comes out so that they can get sunlight and air. Any amount of moisture that has accumulated will also have the chance to evaporate, which decreases the possibility of freezing the soil and damaging the roots of your plants.
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Of course, not all frost damage is preventable, which means you’ll need to know how to save plants from frost damage if they’ve suffered any. Ultimately, the possibility of saving frost damaged plants depends on the degree of the damage, the type of plants they are, and how long the cold had actually lasted. For example, if the cold period has been shorter and on the more mild side, tropical plants can generally bounce back. Long, hard freezes, however, might bring an end to those warmth-loving plants.
Generally speaking, you won’t know what you’re dealing with until spring. That’s when you’ll start to see signs of new growth or lack thereof. It’s also the time of year when the threat of additional freezes has passed, which means it’s safe to cut away areas of damage without causing more, and you’ll also be able to fertilize and water those plants that have made it through the cold.
Don’t let damaged plants freeze your dreams of a beautiful yard! Consult with the outdoor experts at Executive Landscaping, Inc., today!