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Protect Your Plants From Freezing


As a gardener, you know to plant flowers, shrubs, and trees that can survive in your garden, whatever your typical climate. But what about when the weather is unpredictable and not typical? When the weather gets unexpectedly cold, freezing temperatures can devastate landscapes and gardens. If you're wondering how to protect plants from freezing winter temperatures, you've come to the right place. Here we go over a few ideas to help you keep your plants safe no matter what the weather throws at you.

Especially in early spring or in typically colder climates, the threat of frost can be especially significant. We recommend starting by monitoring weather conditions and checking reports as often as you can. That way, you can prepare for upcoming frosts or cold fronts. Read on for some easy ways to prepare and hopefully save your beloved gardens from front damage this cold weather season.

Easy Ways To Protect Plants From Freezing

We all know how spring weather works. One day it's a beautiful 65°F and sunny, and the next day it's a freezing 32°F with frost all over the ground. From a gardening perspective, it can be very frustrating to keep up with fluctuating temperatures. Maybe you're a gardener who loves the challenge of trying to protect new growth from the damage that cold fronts can bring.

If you're worried about frost damage, root damage, frost crack on bark, and plant death in general, we got you covered. Here are a few ways to protect those plants before the colder season.

Choose Plants Suited To Your Climate

The first thing we recommend is choosing plants suited to your environment. Though it's the simplest way to protect your plants, planning can save you a headache later. Research which growing zone you are in or learn what is your likely low and high temperatures for the year. Can the plants you chose withstand those temperatures? Keep in mind that some plants may lose their leaves and go dormant in the winter, so take a little time to know how well those plants can adapt to your climate.

Make sure you talk to the people at your favorite nursery about what to expect from a plant in your particular area. They will have all the best knowledge of where to plant and how to care for a plant before purchasing it.

Pro gardeners might suggest varieties and cultivars of plants that are best suited for your environment. Some plant varieties are bred hardier than others, which makes them better options for colder environments.

Bring Potted Plants Inside

Another easy solution for saving some of your pants is to bring your potted plants inside. Any potted plants or hanging baskets outdoors should be brought indoors. You don't have to disrupt your entire home with your plethora of plants - even a move to a garage or sunroom will be beneficial.

However, placing plants near windows will help them get the sun they need if you're able. East and west-facing windows get the most light, while north and south windows get less. If you can bring your plants inside during the colder seasons, we also recommend that you avoid putting them near vents so that they don't dry out and die. Be wary of placing them too close to the window, though. Freezing temperatures can transfer to your plant if they are touching the window.

Water Your Plants The Evening Before An Expected Frost

If you know a cold night or freeze is coming, heavily water the soil around your plants and trees. The soil can trap the heat much better wet than dry, and it will evaporate slowly. That will warm the air around the plants. A word of caution - if you know a hard freeze is on its way, this plan can backfire. However, a generous watering can help retain some of the day's heat and protect against a light frost.

It might be common sense, but don't water soil that is already frozen. It can make staying alive more difficult for your plants. If you have many succulents, don't overwater them, they can't handle the moisture.

Protect Plants From Freezing Winter Temperatures With Mulch

Mulch is another great way to help protect your plants from freezing winter temperatures. It acts as an insulator to hold in both heat and moisture in the soil. It usually is the freeze/thaw cycle that affects the soil and causes the destruction of the plant rather than just the cold weather. However, the cold soil can also prevent water from being drawn up from the plant.

Regardless of why you need to protect your plants, applying a thick layer of mulch can help protect the roots and keep your plants healthy. We recommend using mulch made of wheat or pine straw because it's easy to remove once you're ready, and it is good at trapping heat. Make sure you do a little research, as some plants can get overwhelmed by covering too much.

Remember that insulation works both ways. It can prevent the soil from cooling down too quickly, but mulch can also prevent it from warming up when needed. Use your best judgment and do your research to decide what is suitable for your plants.

Cover Your Plants Or Consider A Greenhouse

A tried and accurate technique that many gardeners use is to throw an old blanket, drop cloth, or tarp over your plants. Especially if you have a couple of cold nights, the shelter of a thin blanket might be enough to keep the frost off your plants. You've chosen your covering. Arrange it, so it doesn't cover too much of the leaves or branches. You might need to use stakes or spikes to prop it up to damage your plant. Covering your garden is a good solution because it won't increase the temperature too much.

Other people build greenhouses or a temporary and straightforward cold frame by bending metal rods into loops and covering your garden with fabrics that protect your garden. That can trap the heat and block the frost. If you do decide to build a greenhouse or cold frame, make sure it has adequate ventilation. If daytime temperatures get too hot, it could kill your plants just as quickly as cold weather.

Don't Overreact To Plant Damage.

Our last tip is not to stress too much! Plants are remarkably resilient. If you see signs of frost damage, don't be too hasty by pruning or digging up the plant thoroughly. Wait until the weather warms back up to see if the plant will grow.

You'll most likely be surprised at how much new growth you'll see. You can always prune the dead parts and tend to the healthy ones.

Have more questions about how to protect plants from freezing winter temperatures? Don't hesitate to reach out to us and help ensure you get the right plants for your climate.

Find the right plants for your climate at TN Nursery.

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25 Colorful Wildflowers - Mixture Selected For Your Zone

Wildflowers Package - Get a mixture of the most popular. Mature wildflower plants  With our exquisite selection of wildflower plants, enter a world of untouched beauty and wonder. These beautiful plants can transform your garden into a vibrant tapestry of colors and textures, creating a haven for pollinators, wildlife, and yourself. PLEASE NOTE THAT THESE ARE A COLLECTION OF PLANTS, NOT SPECIFIC PLANT TYPES. WE CHOOSE TYPES THAT WORK BEST FOR YOUR ZONE ACCORDING TO YOUR ZIP CODEEach of our wildflower plants is carefully selected to provide a stunning array of blooms that will delight your senses throughout the seasons. 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Biodiversity and Habitat Creation: Wildflower plants play a crucial role in supporting biodiversity by providing habitats for various insects, birds, and other wildlife. They attract pollinators such as Honeybees, butterflies, and hummingbirds, promoting the reproduction of plants and ensuring the health of ecosystems.2. Pollinator Support: Many species of wildflowers have coevolved with pollinators, making them an essential food source for bees and other beneficial insects. By planting wildflowers, you are providing sustenance for these vital pollinators, contributing to the pollination of crops and the overall health of our ecosystems.3. Conservation of Native Species: Wildflowers are often native to specific regions, making them an essential part of the natural heritage of an area. By cultivating native wildflowers, you contribute to the conservation of local plant species and preserve the unique character of your region's flora.4. 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Psychological Well-being: Surrounding ourselves with nature has positively affected our mental health and well-being. The vibrant colors, soothing scents, and tranquil atmosphere created by wildflowers can reduce stress, improve mood, and increase happiness and connectedness with the natural world. A garden filled with wildflowers becomes a sanctuary for relaxation and contemplation.10. Aesthetically Versatile: Wildflowers are incredibly versatile in their aesthetic applications. They can be incorporated into different garden styles, from meadows and cottage gardens to formal borders and container plantings. Tips and Maintenance for Wildflower Plants: Cultivating Nature's BeautyWildflower plants are a delightful addition to any garden, bringing color, charm, and ecological benefits. To ensure the success and longevity of your wildflower plants, here are some helpful tips and maintenance guidelines to follow:1. Site Selection: Choose a location for your wildflower plants that receives ample sunlight. Most wildflowers require at least 6 hours of direct sunlight daily to thrive. Ensure the soil is well-draining, as excessive moisture can lead to root rot. If possible, select a site with native soil conditions suitable for the specific wildflower species you are planting.2. Soil Preparation: Prepare the soil before planting by removing weeds, debris, and any unwanted vegetation. Wildflowers generally prefer soil that is moderately fertile and well-draining. If the soil is compacted or lacks organic matter, consider incorporating compost or other organic materials to improve its structure and nutrient content.3. Planting: Follow the instructions provided with your wildflower seeds or plants for the appropriate planting depth and spacing. If starting with seeds, prepare the soil by loosening it, scatter the seeds evenly, and gently press them into the ground. Water lightly after planting to ensure good seed-to-soil contact.4. Watering: While wildflower plants are generally drought-tolerant once established, they require regular watering during germination and establishment. Once verified, water only during prolonged dry spells or when the plants show signs of stress.5. Mulching: Applying a layer of organic mulch around your wildflower plants can help conserve moisture, suppress weed growth, and regulate soil temperature. Use a thin layer of organic mulch, such as straw or shredded bark, and avoid piling it up against the stems of the plants, as this can promote stem rot.6. Weed Control: Keep an eye out for weeds in your wildflower garden and remove them promptly. Weeds can compete with wildflowers for water, nutrients, and sunlight, hindering their growth and development. 7. Deadheading: Deadheading, or removing spent flowers, can help prolong the blooming period of your wildflower plants. Regularly check for faded or wilted flowers and snip them off just above the nearest set of healthy leaves. Deadheading prevents seed production, allowing the plants to redirect their energy into producing more blooms.8. Fertilization: Wildflower plants usually do not require regular fertilization, as they are adapted to grow in nutrient-deficient soils. However, if the soil is fertile and you follow the manufacturer's instructions, you can use a regulated, slow-release fertilizer. 9. Pest Control: Watch for pest activity on your wildflower plants, such as butterflies or aphid larvae. In many cases, natural predators like ladybugs and birds will help keep pest populations in check. Avoid using broad-spectrum pesticides that can harm beneficial insects.10. Enjoy and Observe: Take the time to appreciate and observe the beauty of your wildflower plants. Watch as bees, butterflies, and other pollinators visit the flowers, and note any other wildlife attracted to your garden. In conclusion, wildflower plants offer many benefits beyond their visual appeal.By embracing these beautiful plants, we support biodiversity, provide habitat for wildlife, conserve native species, mitigate erosion, and conserve water. Wildflowers bring joy, education, and a sense of well-being to our lives while offering endless opportunities for creativity in our gardens. Let us celebrate the wonders of wildflowers and nurture the natural beauty surrounding us.Wildflowers Package: T.N. Nursery offers a wildflowers package that includes 25 plants. This package can help our customers move on to "wild scraping" or "rewilding" their landscape. This movement helps people, especially in drought-prone areas, enjoy a picturesque yard filled with easy-care, hardy species of flowers that are ideal for their region. Wildflower gardens can replace large grassy areas, cutting back on water demands. When you select the wildflowers package, you receive 25 plants ideally suited to your U.S.D.A. growing zone.  The horticulturists at T.N. Nursery will review your growing zone and hand-curate a selection of the best Wildflower Package that will flourish in your area. For example, a customer in an arid region will receive only drought-tolerant species. On the other hand, a customer in a cooler, rainy area will only receive the right plants. In other words, the wildflowers package removes the worry from you--you are in our capable hands. You will have wildflowers that bloom from spring through the summer with less effort than you can imagine.    The Wildflowers Package (25 Plants) Is Available Online at T.N. Nursery Wildflowers are an excellent opportunity to cultivate an undemanding, environmentally friendly garden. Order your wildflowers package today. Healthy Plants for Your Garden.

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