Frost damage isn’t something that happens in Tucson all the time, but the area isn’t immune to it, either. Frost can and does occur, and low-lying areas are particularly vulnerable. When you know that frost is possible, there are several steps you can take to protect your plants and help them survive the dip in temperatures. Protect your landscaping from frost damage with this advice.
Prepare for Frost When You Plant
Ideally, you should prepare for the potential of frost before it occurs when you are planning your landscape design. Plants that get full sun or that are near rocks, walls, or buildings that reflect the heat from the sun back onto the plants, tend to do the best in cold conditions. Typically, the south and west sides of your property are where plants tend to survive cold weather the best. In these places, place plants that are more sensitive to cold, since they will have a better chance of survival. For plants that are hardier, choose shaded areas, since these plants won’t have the benefit of sun exposure during cold weather.
Keep Your Plants Hydrated
During frost, ice crystals form on the surfaces of the leaves of plants. These ice crystals form by taking water from inside the plant, which in turn can cause dehydration. This kind of damage will be worse for your plant if it was already dehydrated when the frost builds up. Water your plants as recommended by your landscaping team, to keep them hydrated and to prevent damaging swings in the availability of water.
Cover Young Plants
There are many frost shields on the market for plants, and these are ideal because they allow the plant to breathe and avoid excess moisture while trapping in heat. Avoid using tarps or blankets. Drape covers over the plant from the top of the plant down to the roots. Do this for any young plant and for all mature plants that are cold intolerant.
With Complete Landscaping, you can get help with efficient landscaping design and regular maintenance, as well as tips for helping your plants survive severe weather conditions. To speak to one of our landscapers in Tucson, please call (520) 323-8918.