August 19, 2017

Newnan Landscape Supply Company – Preparing for the Winter Season.

Now that we are smack dab in the middle of fall it the perfect time to start thinking about how we are going to prepare our garden or other plants/vegetation for the winter time.  Here in the South, we tend to have a variety of temperatures. The temperatures can drop to an extreme cold that includes sleet, snow, or ice in a matter of hours.

So what can you do to prepare for winter?

If you grow any plants that cannot handle even a light frost, such as some perennials or more tender annuals, bring them indoors. If they are in pots, you can bring them in as the temperatures begin to dip.  If the temperatures are fluctuating and it warms back up outside, you can bring the potted plants back outdoors for a bit.  Make sure that if you bring plants indoors from outside that they are not home to creepy crawlers. They may need to be sprayed to ensure that you do not transfer any aphids, spider mites, or other pests to your home.

If you have any seedlings in the garden they can be particularly susceptible to freezing temperatures.  One of the best ways we have heard to protect your seedlings is to cover the crops with blankets or plastic overnight.  But if the temperatures go back over freezing, which they typically do here in Georgia, be sure to remove any blankets or plastic.  If you do not, heat can accumulate under the blankets or plastic and cause plenty of damage in itself.  Seedlings or plants under plastic can actually ‘cook’ if it gets too hot.

If you have any ornamental grasses, instead of cutting them back, allow them to remain and insulate the soil.  You should also make sure you keep your watering can where it cannot freeze.  If any water is left in them at all, they can expand and crack – rendering them useless.

These were just a few things you can do to begin to prepare your garden and plants for the upcoming winter season.  The last thing you want after all the work and time invested in a garden, for the extreme cold and/or ice to ruin your vegetation.  Hopefully, these tips will be useful to you this fall and winter.

If you would like any information about Vining Stone and the landscaping supplies that we offer, our preferred contractors, or for a free, no-obligation price quote, please give us a call at (770) 252-6336 or contact us on the web: www.viningstone.com.  For daily tips, advice, and useful articles join our online communities: Facebook and Twitter.

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Online Reference:
http://www.hgtv.com/landscaping/preparing-for-a-frost/index.html