Tips for cold weather gardening
With the cool weather this season approaching Dave the Garden Guy has some tips to follow to transition which will cover water, white washing your trees, no trimming of plants, and mulching which is key.
- Sunburn damage on plants occurs more in the winter than during the summer. To avoid sunburn damage, paint exposed parts of thin-skin tree trunks with a white latex paint. This is especially important for trees such as citrus, apple, pear, peach and plum.
- Begin mulching to maintain the warmth in the soil for plants. Spread about 2-4 inches of mulch.
- Keep pruners away from any plants that are frosted such as lantana, hibiscus, asparagus and bougainvillea.
- Stay away from fertilization on frost-sensitive plants.
- Start spraying plants with liquid seaweed to protect plants from further frost damage. Liquid seaweed has 3-4 degrees of frost protection in it.
- Place PVC pipe with rebar in the bottom in an arch over plants. Then cover the piping with frost blankets.
- When using a fertilizer on grass, convert to a product with nitrate-nitrogen in it.