We’re entering that time of year when the seasons are starting to change. Although it’s exciting to see the first hints of spring, it can also be confusing! Just like people, plants can have a hard time deciding what to do with weather that’s cold one day and warm the next. But unlike people, plants can’t grab a sweater or put an extra blanket on the bed. They rely on their caretakers to protect them when the temperatures dip below freezing. Here are some tips from our Rock Hill, SC nursery to keep your plants safe when the weather gets unpredictable.
For starters, keep an eye out for perennial plants that will start sprouting soon. Daisies, rudbeckia, hydrangea, and bulbs (like daffodils and tulips) will begin putting out leaves in the late winter or early spring. As long as there are no blooms, these plants should be okay in average temperatures for February and March. However, if a real cold snap comes through or there’s a forecast for ice or snow, consider covering up what you can for protection.
Mulch can also help. Putting this around your plants will hold moisture and heat in the ground. You can also cover the plant itself with a thin layer of mulch if the weather is predicted to be brutally cold. Just remember to go back and uncover them once things warm back up.
Taking these simple steps can make a big difference when it comes to the health of your plants. For more information on growing plants, trees, and shrubs in the Rock Hill, SC area, stop by Rolling Hills Nursery & Landscaping. Our landscape professionals are here to help answer all your questions.