When the weather finally turns cold a lot of people start asking questions about how to protect their plants. We all have a general idea, but maybe we can provide a little information and tips on things you didn’t know with these tips.
Dry plants are vulnerable so water them consistently before cold snaps arrive. Plants should maintain a healthy moisture level in the soil regardless of the season. Your plants won’t do well if you over or under water them. Especially when you live in an area with lots of temperature changes.
Plants that are in pots or containers suffer more than plants in the ground and covered with mulch. In fact, there is about a 10 degree variance. You can cover them with large trash bags or plastic sheeting which will give you only about 5 degrees of protection. Best to bring those potted plants inside or in a
protected area that will shield them from the weather elements. If you have a greenhouse, be sure you have a back up power source.
Another handy tip is that if you spray them with products that contain seaweed, it can add extra protection against the cold. For the plants that are in the ground, mulch is a very essential component to protecting your plants. Even a little mulch is better than no mulch.
To protect your hoses, disconnect them from the faucets and drain them before storing. Wrap faucets and exposed pipes.
For icy roads and sidewalks, we see a lot of people putting out rock salt, table salt and high salt fertilizers
to keep from slipping on the ice. This is not a good idea. Those types of products can be bad for your plants, water runoff and environment. In Texas, concrete sand is primarily used and is non-polluting.
Some people believe in using magnesium products for commercial work. For residential use, we recommend lava or granite sand. They’re non-toxic, good for the soil as it washes out from the paving or sidewalks into our lawns.
At Living Earth, we can speak to you about these tips and more when it comes to protecting your landscape.