Protecting your landscape material during the winter
Landscapes need less water in colder months, however, specific plants might need attention that is special. Be sure to give each one an individualized touch. “decide if your plants are winter hardy and safeguard them accordingly,” said Fritz Kollmann, Botanical gardening Supervisor at Springs protect.
Before freezing temperatures hit, cover fragile plants and move potted plants to your area that is protected covered patio. “cover foliage that is frost-sensitive frost cloth or blankets to prevent damage,” Kollmann said. “usage some sort of support to keep heavier fabric off the plants you’re covering to prevent breakage. Tomato cages, tent poles or other materials that are scaffolding-type well.” The soil should be covered by the fabric below the plants as well. Our helps keep the heat in and protect shallow roots. Kollmann notes that frost cloths can stay left on the plants for several days but heavier cloths should be removed as for instance shortly as temperatures are a few degrees above freezing.
More plants that are resilient less winter maintenance, but it’s nevertheless important to be aware of their needs. “Many leafy perennials, shrubs, trees as well as conifers can have improved frost tolerance if they receive liquid roughly once every 10 days throughout winter,” Kollmann said. “liquid these plants before a freeze that is hard help the leaves survive.”
Cold weather watering schedule
November 1 – February 29
For spray irrigation and sprinklers, water only one day a week on your assigned watering day. Drip irrigation normally limited to one per week, though it can be any day but Sunday day. To prevent freezing, liquid during mid-morning, when temperatures are warmer. You’ll find your assigned watering time on your water bill or at snwa.com.
Don’t forget about the succulents
Cacti as well as succulents should mostly be kept dry during the winter. “Most cacti as well as succulents in their Las Vegas location grow actively during the hot summer months and are dormant in the winter,” Kollmann said. “Wet soil as well as freezing temperatures are commonly a lethal combination, causing rot at the base. Protect the tops of frost-sensitive cacti and succulents with foam cups and entirely cover frost-intolerant plants with rose cones, old coolers, frost cloth or anything that provides some insulation.” Covers can be removed once the danger of frost has passed.
Consider water smart landscaping
Winter is a awesome time to consider replacing your grass with water wise gardening through Southern Nevada Water Authority’s Water Smart Landscaping Program. “Use the winter months to plan your landscape conversion, coordinate together with a landscaper (or do it yourself), as well as apply the program so that you are ready to go whenever spring planting season arrives in March,” said Bronson Mack of SNWA. Find a list of water-smart contractors to help together with the conversion at bit.ly/2K2hh9K. “Better yet, visit their Botanical gardening at Springs Preserve and get inspired to create a inviting yard that is enjoyable and water-smart,” Mack said.
• If frost or freeze has damaged one of your plants, leave it alone until a period to hotter temperatures has passed away; new growth might still appear. Pruning or transplanting a plant that is cold-damaged the winter can cause more harm.
• Locate your liquid shut-off valve and learn how to stop water at the source, which can help minmise damage from leaks or burst water lines caused by freezing.
• Disconnect and strain yard hoses when they are not being used.
• Set your thermostat to 55 degrees when you’re away to protect pipes and houseplants.
• Insulate your backflow device with an cover that is inexpensive still an old towel and bucket. Be sure not to obstruct or seal the ports.
• To avoid freezing, wrap exposed irrigation pipes with pipe insulation, faucet socks or an towel that is old with duct tape.
• Do not water any plant in freezing temperatures, regardless of their hardiness.