More Handy Tips for Protecting your Trees and Plants from Cold Weather

As we continue to experience cold weather snaps, it’s a reminder that winter can be tough on landscapes. However, there are many preventative measures you can take to protect your landscape during cold weather.

The best tip: Utilize native plants in your landscape design, as native plants are best acclimated to the climate here in the southeastern U.S.

Here are more helpful tips on how to help your landscape survive the winter weather from the horticulturists at University of Georgia Extension:

  • Plant less-hardy plants in the highest part of the landscape (cold air settles in the lowest area).
  • Protect plants from cold wind with a fence or a tall evergreen hedge of trees or shrubs.
  • Shade plants from direct winter sun, especially early morning sunshine. Plants that freeze and thaw slowly will be damaged the least. The south side of the house, where there is no shade, is the worse place for tender plants.
  • Stop feeding plants quickly available nitrogen in late summer to allow them to “harden off” before cold weather arrives.
  • Plastic covering provides excellent protection. Build a frame over the plant or plants, cover them with plastic and secure the plastic to the ground with soil. Shade plastic to keep temperatures from building up inside. Plastic traps moisture and warm air as it radiates from the soil and blocks cold winds. Although, be careful not to let the plastic touch the plants.

Click here for more helpful advice on how to protect potted plants during cold weather, provide insulation for landscape features during cold weather, and when to water plants in the winter.