As a strong winter weather season gains traction, Armstrong Garden Centers reminds Californians that outdoor plants may need extra care in order to survive low, overnight temperatures. With proper measures, homeowners can protect their plants against near-freezing cold.
“Homeowners and gardeners invest significant time, money and energy into their plants,” said Gary Jones, Armstrong Garden Centers Chief Horticulturist. “Failure to prepare for cold weather can be costly, but gardeners can protect their plants from damaging freezes with the right tools and precautions.”
Understanding what plants are most susceptible to damage is the first step. For example, snapdragons have tender buds that freeze easily, and festive poinsettias should be brought indoors during cold nights. Roses, however, are hardier and can withstand lower temperatures.
One way to protect plants from freezing is to water them a day or two before the cooler temperatures set in. Applying water creates a barrier within the soil, keeping the roots warm overnight. Group container plants close together and move pots to the side of a house or under a tree to keep them sheltered from harsh winds or rain. Frost cloths, made from a woven polyester material, can be draped over bedded or container plants to protect them from freezing temperatures at night, then removed in the morning before the sun comes out.
Armstrong Garden Centers certified nursery professionals are available to provide interviews and demonstrations on how to care for plants during winter cold snaps. These experts can share additional preventative measures homeowners can take against the cold, gardening tools that can aid in saving plants during a freeze and what outdoor plants are best-suited for cold weather.
“It’s much easier to prevent frost damage than to salvage a plant once it’s been exposed to a freeze,” said Jones. “Simple preparation can keep your garden investments looking beautiful and healthy after the cold weather passes.”
This article was released by Armstrong Garden Centers.