It’s getting to be that time of year again. The temperatures are cooling down; the cold fronts are moving in, and it’s time to get your yard ready for the winter. Most everyone will apply a good fertilizer now to help their lawn withstand the rigors of winter wind and ice. Most of us will have cleaned out the summer garden and either have a fall garden underway or will be preparing the garden spot for its rebirth in the spring. But, have you thought about the damage a severe winter could do to your shrubbery, hedges, bushes or young trees?
We are already hearing from our customers about how the spiders, ants, mice and other creepy crawly things are starting to invade their homes. These little signs can be the harbinger of an earlier-than-normal and colder-than-normal winter. Unfortunately, we can no more accurately predict the weather than can the experts, our esteemed meteorologists, Mother Nature being a fickle and ever-changing lady who can make the most knowledgeable weather person look like a fool. But, we can always hope for the best while preparing for the worst.
You have invested a lot in hedges, bushes and trees, the more permanent aspects of your landscaping, so it really doesn’t make sense to risk their injury, or even their death, by not protecting them. Any bush, shrub or tree might be extraordinarily costly to replace, especially if it has grown significantly from the time you first planted it. Replacing a prized rose bush or well-established shrub could cost much more in terms of dollars, as opposed to what you paid originally, for the much smaller version, and is virtually priceless when it comes to the time and money you have already spent…and emotionally, for many of us, losing a precious shrub or tree would be like losing a favorite part of our homes.
Fortunately, there is an economically sound and ultimately easy way to protect those living and breathing things that make your personal outdoor space so very special.
With varying levels of frost protection, most plant covers will also provide protection from other elements, such as fierce winds, heavy rain and damaging hail. One such cover is our 2-Pack-Decorative Plant Protector Bag. Measuring 40”W x 45”H, drawstrings at the top and bottom allow for a secure fit, while the decorative leaf pattern blends harmoniously with your landscape. For freezing temperatures, consider our reusable and indispensable Fleece Frost Protection Bag. Allowing light, air and moisture to reach the covered shrub or plant, it can be left in place for an extended period of time, trapping the plant’s own warmth and assuring its continued survival when the weather does not allow your more personalized attention. In fact, we have a full selection of reasonably priced and easy-to-use plant covers and blankets to choose from.
The truth is, you never know what any season will bring. We have seen our share of extreme heat, freezing rains, hurricane force winds and flooding across this great nation of ours. The climate is in a constant state of flux, an unavoidable fact of life. We may not be able to control the weather, but we can certainly control the effects of the weather. Just as you would buy flood insurance to protect your home if you live in New Orleans, or hurricane insurance if you live on the Gulf Coast, a small investment in plant covers to ensure the survival of your valuable landscaping, is, indeed, a smart investment.
We wish you a safe, warm and memory-filled fall and winter season.
The management and staff at Garden Harvest Supply