Here in the central and southern regions of Texas, we don’t need to worry about being snowed in. Frost damage to our homes and the idea of shoveling snow out of a driveway aren’t a reality, but one thing we should keep in mind as the temperatures drop is how to care for and protect our prized plants. Plant damage can occur as temperatures drop dramatically or when the first winter freeze occurs.
We realize this may be the time of year when you’re on a tight budget due to holiday spending, gifting and seasonal parties. For this reason, we’re giving you three easy tips on how to protect your plants this winter that won’t break the bank!
It’s a challenge to care for your plants in the winter, but with us, you won’t have to worry about your commercial landscape dying off.
Soda Tops Save the Day
A smart and simple way to cover some of your most prized plants, flowers or freshly planted seeds in your commercial lawn can be with the top halves of 2-liter soda bottles to ensure the area of the plant and root are both protected. Start saving them up as the temperatures begin to drop to make sure you’re ready for winter’s first harsh freeze.
All you have to do is cut the top half of the bottles off, about 9-12 inches from the top, using a pair of sturdy scissors. Place them over the pot or ground where plants are, and just like that, instant coverage! Since these bottles are made of thick plastic, you will also find they will absorb extra moisture from the heat generated within the covering. So, not only have you provided protection from frost, but you’re also giving your greens a warm, comfortable growing environment.
Milk Jug Meltdown
Milk jugs are all the rage in the gardening community. That’s because they are completely versatile, readily available, cost effective and resourceful! Milk jugs have been used in the garden as pot planters, hung by their handle onto a wooden stake for more space, and they are a great and eco-friendly way to plant seeds.
Similar to the soda bottles, you can also use them as coverage for your plants during the winter. You can use the lower half of the jug as the planter itself, poking several holes on the bottom to allow for air and for water to drain out.
Wrap it Up
Wrapping plants with a bed sheet or other soft, thin material will allow them to breathe and provide protection from any frost. Along with ground plants and vines, you may also want to consider wrapping tree trunks (especially thin, premature trees) with athletic wrap or gauze. This will secure them from harsh winds and provide warmth and moisture. Make sure to tie down the ends of your material with sturdy steaks so they stay put.
Here for All of Your Commercial Lawn Care Needs
Winter doesn’t mean that your commercial lawn will be at risk for damage. Our lawn care specialists have the talent, knowledge and experience to keep yours thriving and beautiful, no matter the season. Get in touch with us today by calling 800.796.8087.