Protecting your landscape material throughout the winter
Landscapes need not so water in colder months, however, specific plants may need special attention. Be sure to give each one an touch that is individualized. “figure out if your plants are winter hardy and accordingly safeguard them,” said Fritz Kollmann, Botanical yard Supervisor at Springs protect.
Before freezing temperatures attack, cover delicate plants and move potted plants to a area that is protected covered outdoor patio. “cover foliage that is frost-sensitive frost cloth or blankets to prevent damage,” Kollmann said. “utilize some sort of maintain to keep heavier fabric off the plants you are covering to prevent breakage. Tomato cages, tent poles or other scaffolding-type materials work well.” The soil should be covered by the fabric below the plants as well. This helps keep the heat in and protect superficial roots. Kollmann notes that frost cloths can become left on the plants for several days but heavier cloths should be removed because quickly as temperatures are a degrees that are few freezing.
More resilient plants require less cold weather maintenance, but it’s nevertheless important to be mindful of their needs. “Many leafy perennials, shrubs, trees and conifers can have improved frost tolerance if they receive liquid roughly once every 10 days throughout winter,” Kollmann said. “H2O these plants before a freeze that is hard help the leaves survive.”
Winter watering schedule
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A week on your assigned watering day for spray irrigation and sprinklers, water only one day. Drip irrigation is also limited to one time per week, though it can be any time but Sunday. To prevent freezing, liquid during mid-morning, when temperatures are warmer. You’ll find your assigned watering time on your water bill to at snwa.com.
Don’t forget about the succulents
Cacti and succulents should be kept mostly dry throughout the winter. “Most cacti and succulents in their Las Vegas spot grow actively during the hot summer months and are dormant at the winter,” Kollmann said. “Wet soil and 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 good time to consider replacing water smart landscaping to your grass through Southern Nevada Water Authority’s Water Smart Landscaping Program. “Use the winter months to plan your situation conversion, coordinate at a landscaper (or do it yourself), and apply the program so that we are ready to go when the spring planting season arrives in March,” said Bronson Mack of SNWA. Find a list of water-smart contractors to help at the conversion at bit.ly/2K2hh9K. “Better yet, visit their Botanical yard at Springs Preserve and get prompted to create a welcoming yard that is enjoyable and water-smart,” Mack said.
• If frost or freeze has damaged one of your plants, leave it alone until a duration of warmer temperatures has passed; new growth may still appear. Pruning or transplanting a cold-damaged plant in 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 towards 55 degrees when you’re away to protect pipes and houseplants.
• Insulate your backflow unit with an cover that is inexpensive even 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 to an old towel secured with duct tape.
• Do not water any plant in freezing temperatures, regardless of their hardiness.