In case you haven’t noticed we’ve had a couple of very cold mornings and daily high temperatures that didn’t make it out of the 50’s this week. How have your plants done? What are you doing to help them get thru this snap? Here are some tips:
Water : well hydrated plants will have less damage due to the dehydration that freezing causes. Also moisture in the atmosphere around the plants and in the soil will keep temperatures up a bit.
Cover: if you use frost cloth or lightweight materials you can and should just leave them on for the entire period of the cold weather. It won’t hurt and the plants will stay warmer. Don’t use non breathable materials or heavy dark products. If you must take coverings off don’t do it just as you’re about to leave for work as that is the coldest time of day! Have someone else take them off around 10 am if you must. If you store your frost cloth out of weather and sunlight it will last you for years!
Don’t Prune! Whether or not your plants have any damage, wait until after February 15 to prune them back. The damaged foliage will help protect the plant from further freezing going deeper into the plant and you’ll be pruning just prior to spring leaf out which will give you a rejuvenated plant that will look better than it did before. So just put up with the unattractive looking growth for about 6 more weeks-remember most parts of the country look like that for months!
If you have any questions about which plants to cover or not-please call us we’d be happy to help you thru it!