The Dallas/Fort Worth area is right on the edge of a freeze warning! We could potentially see record low temperatures hovering around 38°F between 5 a.m. and 9 a.m. Friday, May 3. Counties northwest of the DFW Metroplex have the greatest chance of seeing freezing temperatures.
Many people have already had some seasonal color installed which could be adversely affected by the dropping temperatures. Here’s a quick guide for what you can do to protect your investments:
- Any non-cold-weather plants located within containers should be brought indoors or grouped together near your house with a blanket covering them.
- The best way to protect your in-ground plants from cold weather is to cover them. If you have any old blankets, consider placing them over your flower beds. Make sure to place something heavy on the edges so that the forecasted high winds don’t blow your covers away.
- Also, consider placing a piece of wood or a stick under the blanket in order to prop it up like a tent. If it rains, you don’t want your covers getting so heavy that they crush your seasonal plants.
- A sheet of plastic over the blanket can add an extra layer of insulation while also keeping your blanket dry. There is a warning along with this advice: A clear plastic sheet can magnify and intensify sunlight causing foliage to burn if it’s sunny outside. This can be used at night or on a cloudy day, but it is not advised to cover plants during sunny weather, even it’s cold outside.
- Remember that the heat trapped by the blanket radiates up from the soil, not the plants themselves.
- Since the cold weather isn’t expected to last much longer than a couple of days, and seeing as it won’t be a very hard freeze, you can give the soil around your plants a good watering as that helps to trap extra heat in the soil. Be careful not to overwater, though!
- Make sure to uncover your plants during the day so that they are able to breathe and get some sunlight, especially if you are using a plastic sheet as insulation.
- A few days after the cold weather, prune away any dead or brown leaves to help promote new growth. If you need any help with this, don’t hesitate to give Complete Landsculpture a call!
By: Wylee Wooldridge