How To Protect Your Plants From the Cold

Chelsea Perry - Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Here on the Crystal Coast, we're very fortunate to have mild winters and the temperatures don't get too cold. However, we do see some temperatures below freezing over night and frost on the ground in the mornings. It's important to make sure that your plants are protected this fall and winter from the cold weather. Here are some tips to help you keep your plants alive and thriving during the cooler months of the year.


1. Bring potted plants indoors.

If you can move potted plants inside, do so, even if it's inside the garage. Place them by a window so that they still get natural light.

2. Water your plants before a very cold night.

Watering your plants will help trap the heat in the soil better than if the soil is dry. If you expect a hard freeze, do not do this or if the soil is frozen.

3. Add a layer of mulch.

Mulch can serve as an insulator and hold in the heat and moisture. Apply a 2 to 3 inch layer of mulch to prevent damages.

4. Choose plants that are good for our climate.

Certain plants grow better in certain climates. Consult with a landscape professional about what the best plants for eastern North Carolina weather may be.

5. Cover plants with a blanket or plastic.

This works great if you only experience a few extremely cold nights. Carefully cover the plants over night and remove the coverings during the day so that they can get light.

To learn about plants that will thrive in our environment here in eastern North Carolina, give us a call today! Our landscape experts are here to assist you with a lawn that will look great all year long.