If you put a lot of time and effort into your potted plants during the year, it can be hard to watch them fade away as fall gradually turns into winter. Fortunately, in some situations, you can winterize those potted plants and help them make it through safely to next spring. In this article, we’d like to take a closer look at this process and how you might winterize potted plants.
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As a Jackson resident, you know that winter can arrive in a hurry in this part of the country. One week, we enjoy mild, comfortable temperatures – and the next week those temperatures dive and the overnight lows will drop well below freezing. Of course, you can never know for sure when that first cold snap is going to arrive, although you can monitor the weather forecast to get a bit of warning.
With that in mind, if you have any potted plants that you want to winterize, you need to start thinking about this task well in advance. Depending on the hardiness of the plants in question, it might be too late if you leave them outside when the first freezing temperatures arrive. Even if your plants are tough enough to deal with some cold weather, letting it get too far into fall before taking winterizing steps will dramatically reduce your chances of success.
Potted plants present a specific challenge during the winter months because the roots are not down in the ground. Instead, the roots are in the container, which is above ground level, and they will not be insulated from changing temperatures as a result. This can be mitigated somewhat by using a larger pot than you would normally pick for a given plant, but that might not be enough to keep the roots alive until spring. Soil temperatures under the surface of the ground are far more stable through the winter, even in a cold climate like the one we have here in Jackson. So, stabilizing the temperature of the roots is your primary objective for this project.
There are a few different ways you can go about attempting to winterize your potted plants, and we have highlighted two of them below.
By helping some of your potted plants make it through the winter, you can get your landscaping efforts off to a good start in the spring by having at least a few pots ready to go. If some other parts of your landscape need the help of a professional touch, contact TLC right away to discuss our services. We’d love to help!
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