With days getting shorter and temperatures finally starting to fall, it can only mean one thing: Winter is nearly here again. To ensure that your plants and trees make it through the winter, take proper precautions to keep them from freezing. A Tucson landscaping company will advise you on the best ways to prevent frozen plants, but if you do end up having plants that freeze, it does not necessarily mean that your plants are ruined. Read on to learn how to treat frozen plants.
Freeze damage can take a few different forms, ranging from damage just to the leaves to damage to the plant’s roots and structural system. If you have woody plants or perennials that freeze, evaluate the extent of the damage in the spring. You can remove the parts of the plant that have been damaged, and judge by the color underneath whether the plant is still alive. Green indicates the plant is living, whereas brown shows that the plant may have died. A landscaping company can also help you by dividing up a plant that has been frozen into smaller parts and replanting them. The pieces that start to grow again have not been irreparably damaged.
The tissue inside cacti and other succulents is different from woody plants, as it stores more water to allow them to live in dry climates. Though there is more water inside succulents that can freeze, these are also relatively strong plants that may be able to bounce back after a harsh winter. Instead of cutting off damaged stems or leaves from succulents, let them be for a few weeks after the freeze. If you pull on the leaves and they come off easily or are black, the plants have been frozen beyond fixing. However, if you see new growth, your landscaping company can help you take care of them so they thrive again.
Let the experts at Complete Landscaping help you take care of your plants all year-round. Contact us at (520) 323-8918 to learn more about our landscaping services. We’ll help you have a yard that thrives at any temperature.