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What Happens to Plants in the Winter? How Cold Temperatures Can Harm Them?

Seven Things to Watch Out for in Colder Weather

In the winter, it can be tough to take care of your plants. What do you do if they get too cold? What happens when they get wet from a snowstorm? And how about insects and other pests that find their way into your home during this season? Sabia Landscaping & Tree Services can prepare your outdoor plants and trees for winter. Additionally, here are some things to keep an eye on before your spring landscaping services resume.

Protect Your Plants During the Winter

  • Plants can freeze to death. The coldest months of the year are the most dangerous for plants. If the temperature outside falls below freezing, your plants could freeze to death. Make sure you bring them inside or cover them up if there is a chance that they will get too cold.
  • Plants can get wet and die. Snowstorms can be very dangerous for your plants. Not only will it cover them in snow, but it also melts and gets their leaves wet. The danger here is that if the water sits on the plant’s leaf long enough, it could cause rot or fungus, which would kill the plant. Make sure you bring any potted plants inside before a snowstorm hits. If the ground is wet, try to cover your plants up with a tarp or some other type of covering.
  • Plants can get diseases. In the winter, it’s not just the cold that you have to worry about — plant diseases and fungus can also be a problem. If you’re not sure what to do about your plants in this case, you can always reach out to our team for advice.
  • Insects can get inside your home. Winter is also a time when insects look for ways into your warm home. So, ensure there’s a tight seal on windows and doors. Also, check your plants carefully before bringing them in from the patio or yard for the winter.
  • Cold spots in your home can drain vitality from indoor plants. If it gets too cold inside your home, your plants could freeze up. So, make sure you check for any drafts coming into the house and store plants in a warmer area where they still get plenty of natural light.
  • Plants can get too much water. In the winter, it’s easy to think that your plants need more water because of the cold weather. In fact, overwatering your plants in the winter could kill them. Make sure you only give your plants a little bit of water at a time to avoid root rot.
  • Choose indoor plants that bloom or thrive in colder weather. Most plants stop blooming during the winter. If you would like some ideas for plants that bloom indoors year-round, feel free to give us a call for some ideas. 

If you’re looking for reliable, professional landscaping and tree services, Sabia Landscaping & Tree Service has years of experience taking care of plants and trees. Contact us today to learn more about our services.


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