Flower beds across the West Georgia have been suffering from the effects of the cold weather, with many plants showing damage, in some cases extensive. However, there is good news on the horizon, as the warm weather over the past couple of days has already resulted in recovery for some plants, which is visible as green tissue. The longer the warm weather persists, the more likely it is that more plants will recover.
The situation below ground is similar – any roots that were not frozen have a chance to help the plants recover, and warm soil will aid this process. Fertilization is not necessary at this stage, and should be avoided until the plants are actively growing again.
To address customer concerns about the appearance of the affected foliage and flowers, it is possible to clean them up for aesthetic purposes. However, the best course of action is simply to be patient and give the plants time to recover.
According to seasonal color experts, all of the plants in the affected areas were damaged to some extent. South-facing beds and pots sustained the least amount of loss, as they are exposed to sunlight throughout the winter months. Plants that received reflected heat from roads, signs, sidewalks, and walls also experienced less damage. In contrast, north-facing and shaded areas stayed frozen for longer periods, resulting in substantially more damage. Container gardens and raised planters may have suffered particularly severe damage, as their root systems were more exposed and remained frozen for longer periods.
Pansies and violas are expected to recover, particularly with the help of the warm rain that fell earlier this week. Most accent plants, however, will not recover from the extended freeze. Acoris, heuchera, euphorbia, and dusty miller may recover, but this will depend on their exposure to the elements.
To remove damage from annuals and perennials in beds and containers, it is best to use sharp clippers. Avoid pulling or pinching the plants, as this can damage new, healthy growth. Keep a close eye on the plants over the next few days, and look out for new growth. With the warmer, wet weather that is forecast, it is also important to be on the lookout for fungus, and to apply a fungicide as needed.
It’s our mission to help our customers create and maintain beautiful, healthy outdoor spaces. If you have been affected by the recent cold weather and are concerned about the health of your plants, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Our team of experts are here to provide guidance and support as your garden recovers from the freeze.
If you are interested in taking proactive measures to protect your plants from future weather-related stress, we offer a variety of services, including mulching, pruning, and fertilization. We also offer custom garden design and installation services to help you create the outdoor oasis of your dreams.
For more information about how Alternative Environments can help you care for your outdoor space, please contact us or give us a call at 678-840-4449. We look forward to working with you and helping you create an outdoor space that you can enjoy for years to come.