Well you know what they say here in Texas….if you don’t like the weather, wait 5 minutes and it will change, and that sure happened to us last week! Not only was it below freezing, it was below freezing for several hours two nights in a row. Plus, those low temperatures we experienced aren’t typical in most of our winters, in fact, some of us dipped into a whole zone colder than the hardiness chart says we live in. But, as sad as our once beautiful winter landscapes look right now, there really are a few good things about those unusually cold nights.
First of all, those bugs that have managed to multiply like crazy the past few extremely mild winters will be killed off a bit and fewer of them will be around this coming spring and summer to bother our plants. Secondly, there are certain plants that actually need a certain number of chill hours to bloom or fruit, so these particular plants benefited from that hard freeze. Also, this is a great time to reevaluate your garden layout and make decisions regarding plant additions and subtractions in the coming months.
If you want to do any clean up in your garden now, the safest thing is to limit yourself to herbaceous, leafy plants that have been turned to mush. Trim off all damaged foliage then add some fresh mulch to insulate the root area and to make the bare areas look more attractive until spring. Most of the plants we’ve “lost” will actually put on new growth again when it warms up. If you had some summer annuals still hanging on or tropicals (hibiscus, bougainvillea, etc) that have made it through milder winters, these may truly be lost. There’s nothing wrong with keeping a “wait and see” attitude though since we all have microclimates in our yards and you might get lucky.
Woody plants should be left alone until the danger of freeze is past. The damaged wood protects live wood further down on a branch, so it helps protect you from more loss. As plants leaf out in spring, you’ll be able to see how much of the tip is damaged and trim that off.
If you’re ready to make some changes to your plant palette as you look at what’s left after the big freeze, come visit our nurseries and our staff will be happy to help. We have pretty new petunia and geranium hanging baskets and potted flowering plants to give you back some color plus lots of new evergreens and perennials to fill those empty spaces. If you’re ready for something a little more ambitious, give Enchanted Landscapes a call and make an appointment to talk to one of our talented landscape designers.
We’re all in this together, so let’s look forward to watching our gardens regain their beauty over the next few months.
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- Design/Build Landscapes
- Outdoor Structures
- Outdoor Lighting
- Outdoor Kitchens
- Outdoor Fireplaces/Firepits
- Patios, Paths, Retaining Walls
- Water Features
- Putting Greens
- Sprinkler Systems
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