Master Gardener Tips- Winterizing Your Landscape

istock_000009308359xsmallLiving in Texas, you never know what to expect from Mother Nature.  Being prepared for our extreme weather is the best solution!

One simple thing you can do for your landscape plants is to provide a 2 to 3 inch layer of mulch.  Mulching is beneficial year round but during the colder periods it provides a layer of insulation for the roots. Secondly, water your landscape well before a cold spell.  A drought stressed plant is more susceptible to freeze damage.  Thirdly, for more tender plants, purchase frost cloth for extra protection.  Remember that many frost tender plants can be damaged even when the temperatures are in the high 30’s.  Frost cloth is a fabric which adds 3 to 4 degrees of warmth.  Cover the plant completely allowing the edges to come all the way to the ground.

This is also a great time to start planning changes or addition to your landscape in preparation for the spring and summer.

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