Be a Plant Protector When the Weather Gets Cold!

Today seems like a good day to talk about the weather.  It’s not often that we get rain in Tucson.  And, cialis sales view every bit of it is welcome!  0.48″ rain was measured at the Tucson International Airport from Sunday’s showers. This has set a new record for most rainfall ever recorded on November 13th, viagra eclipsing the previous record of 0.39″ back on this date in 1993.  Let’s hope this is the start of a rainy fall and winter!  Now let’s talk about freezing temperatures.

We’re all concerned about how the heat affects plants in the desert…but how many of us consider the effects of cold to our xeriscape plants?  This time of year is a good time to consider how to protect our frost-tender plants from freezing when the temperature dips below 28 degrees F.

What can I do to protect my frost-tender plants when it gets cold?

When the temperature drops you can do several things to help ensure that your frost-tender plants and trees do not freeze.

  • Cover canopies of trees and cover shrubs and plants with a sheet.
  • You can also purchase frost covers made specifically to cover plants and trees from your local nursery or home improvement store this time of the year.
  • If you can’t cover your tree canopy, you can cover the base of your tree at the ground level of the trunk.  This offers additional protection of roots.

Plants and trees should be covered before the sun goes down to gather the sunlight heat from the day and to offer a slightly warmer temperature under the cover than would otherwise be available if the plant is covered after sunset.

Other things you can do to protect trees and plants are:

Adding a light under your plant’s protective covering.  There are specific lights that can be purchased to keep plants warm.  Keep the light away from the trunk of trees because they can burn the trunk.  Also, ensure that the light does not touch the covering because light bulbs can get hot and burn material.  And, always make sure that your plants and trees are watered properly to avoid having the plant become stressed.  Stressed vegetation is more susceptible to frost damage.

If your plants or trees do become frost damaged, wait until the early spring to cut off the frost-damaged branches and leaves.  The outer damaged areas offer some protection to tender inner branches and help the plant avoid further frost damage.

Keep your plants free of frost this fall and winter and keep doing that rain dance!

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