Our Blogs

Did the freeze kill my plants?

Terraturfblogpost

Some plants can handle freezing temperatures with minimal impact.  However, seriously cold weather in addition to extended temperatures at or below freezing can be detrimental to plants.   Freeze damage will damage the leaves of plants first.  The real concern is when the temperatures drop below 28 degrees for extended periods of time.  At this point, the water inside the cells of plants expand and do critical damage to the plants tissue.  You can give the plant a few months to try and heal but most likely, when this happens, unfortunately the plant will typically not recover and will need to be replaced.  

If a freeze warning is in the forecast, we recommend the following to give your plants the best chance of survival:

  • Water your plants (and the surrounding soil) BEFORE the freezing temperatures arrive.  This will actually help insulate them during the cold weather.
  • Apply a thick layer of mulch around the roots of each plant
  • Cover plants with a frost blanket.  Be sure to cover the entire plant all the way to the ground and secure with stakes 

Leave the frost blankets covering your plants until the freezing temperatures have past.  Once the temperatures are back to normal, it is important to follow these steps:

  • Remove frost blankets and store for the next freeze
  • Thoroughly water the entire area around your plants
  • Hold off on pruning for a few weeks.  Pruning too soon could cause undue stress on already struggling plants, as well as, encourage new growth that is easily damaged by sudden drops in temperature.  
  • Best also to hold off on fertilizing so you do not encourage new growth too soon.  However, it is safe to fertilize once the risk of freezing temperatures has passed. 

We hope this information will help avoid, or minimize, the effects of freezing temperatures on your homes landscape! 

More Blogs

5 Winter Watering Tips You Need to Keep in Mind

December 1, 2021

The Ultimate Guide to Christmas Light Installation Pricing

October 19, 2021

Your Guide on How to Help New Grass Grow

August 30, 2021

Top 4 Landscape Installation Ideas for the Summer

July 22, 2021

3 Landscape Installation Ideas That Will Make Your Home Amazing

June 11, 2021

A Quick Guide on Buying Mulch for Your Yard

April 14, 2021

Will freezing temperatures damage my in-ground sprinkler system?

March 8, 2021

Did the freeze kill my plants?

March 8, 2021

Yard Work Made Simple: The Benefits of Hiring Lawn Mowing Services

February 23, 2021

Why Landscape Fabric Does More Harm Than Good in Your Garden

December 7, 2020

What to Do When Your Sprinkler Head Won’t Go Down

July 16, 2020

How to Plant a Tree (and Save Money on Your Energy Bill!)

May 28, 2020

How Landscaping and Lawn Care Companies Are Handling COVID-19 Concerns

May 1, 2020

The Top 3 Grass Types to Have in Plano, Texas

April 6, 2020

Mosquitoes In Landscape Drainage

March 31, 2020

Benefits Of Proper Drainage Around Your Home

March 19, 2020

How To Properly Protect Plants During A Freeze

March 2, 2020

Crape Myrtle Pruning

February 3, 2020

The Spring Landscaping Maintenance Checklist for Your Texas Home

January 24, 2020

The Top Things Customers Hate about the Typical Lawn Care Company…and how we’re different!

December 19, 2019

When Installing Christmas Lights, Be a Good Neighbor and Use Proper Lighting Etiquette

November 18, 2019

How Much Electricity Do Christmas Lights Use?

November 13, 2019

Why Fall Lawn Care is a MUST

October 30, 2019

New Sod Watering & General Care Tips

April 10, 2019

Dazzle But Do It With Care

April 10, 2019
Call Us! (972) 424-8873
+++We will be closed November 25th & 26th for the Thanksgiving Holiday+++
0