Happy 2015! The year has just started and we have lots of exciting things planned for Texas SmartScape. Our plant fairs went so well last year that we will be adding more locations this year! Be sure to check back often for updates on the plant sales and other upcoming events around North Central Texas.
Winter is here, and with that comes freezing temperatures. When it gets down to those freezing temperatures, it is important to make sure your plants and pipes are protected. Get faucet protectors to keep your outside faucets from freezing and breaking. Remember to winterize your irrigation system by removing the water from the system (there is usually a relief valve that will allow you to do this) and turning the system off until spring. If you practiced deep, infrequent watering throughout the summer, then the rainfall through the winter will be plenty to keep your plants alive.
If it is going to be a hard freeze (when it drops below 32 degrees and remains there for several hours), water perennials, shrubs, and trees deeply just before. This watering will help protect the roots, which may be exposed to cold air pockets in the soil and will help prevent plant tissue dehydration from the cold, dry winds.
Check out our plant database for evergreen shrubs that can help add some color to your yard throughout the winter months.