3 Ways to Protect Your Plants this Winter

 Sam's covered up his malabar spinach to help protect it from the evening frost. Do you have questions about which plants you should be protecting?  Come on in!  We're happy to help. 

Sam's covered up his malabar spinach to help protect it from the evening frost. Do you have questions about which plants you should be protecting?  Come on in!  We're happy to help. 

Even though we are fortunate enough to live in Sunny San Diego, it can still get chilly.  While we can just throw on a jacket, our plants are left out in the cold!  Here are 3 simple ways to help your plants last until spring:

1.) Mulch

Before it gets too cold, spread 1-2 inches of mulch around around the perennials in your garden.  This keeps heat in the ground which helps stop roots from freezing.  Mulch should be kept away from the base of most plants, but there are some exceptions. How much you need depends on the size of your garden. Bring in your measurements and we can help you figure out how much to buy.

2.) Cover

Wrap plants with tender foliage with row covering (pictured above), burlap, old sheets, or light blankets.  If your plants are low to the ground, put in a few stakes in the ground and lay the covering over it.  Remove the covering if the temperature warms or if the sun comes out.  Avoid using plastic; this can cause condensation and plants still need to breath!

3.) Move

For plants in pots, get them out of harm's way! Sometimes easier said than done, but if you can put large potted plants on casters so you can move them to a safe place.  Small plants can be put on window ledges.  Be sure to move your plants back outside when it warms up so they can enjoy the fresh air!  

Have more questions about keeping your plants safe from the cold?  Come on in.  We're happy to help!  Until then... stay warm! 

Posted on November 18, 2015 .