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Caring for Your Arizona Landscape in Winter
Arizona's fluctuating high and low temperatures don’t only affect us but also the plants we have in our yards. With 110-degree summers and winters that are unpredictable, with one week at 40-degrees and the next 81-degrees, it’s hard to know the best way to care for your plants.
Just after getting acclimated to the extreme heat, plants can get hit by “the worst frost Tucson has seen in 100 years”. That extreme temperature fluctuation can happen often, so what to do? Here are some tips that might be helpful to you.
Does where you live make a difference? YES.
Lower areas are susceptible to frost where cold air settles, rather than the Foothills areas where temperatures tend to stay warmer. Colder areas are mostly along the washes (e.g. the Rillito River), and one of the areas that freezes with regular consistency is the Tanque Verde wash and surrounding golf courses. It is likely that plants and trees that flourish in other parts of Tucson will not make it through the first winter here.
Our first frost of winter usually comes during the night when the clouds clear after the first rain during the winter months. Covering your plants with cloth not plastic (plastic will transfer the cold when touching the plant) is helpful to protect them against severe frost. However, most plants even though the leaves have turned brown, recover in the spring.
So what should you do? Cover expensive cactus and exotic plants in severe frost. The effort is worth the cost of damage. Lantana, Bougainvillea and other similar plants usually turn brown, but will grow back in spring. Citrus trees are also susceptible to severe frost. Most lemons froze to the ground in the last two years in the severe 100 year frost, and even though they appear to be coming back, they are only suckers from the sour orange trunk they were grafted on to.
It is recommended to wait and prune your frost damaged plants and ground cover at least until the end of February. Even though they are unsightly, the dead growth is a blanket of cover for what is still alive below.
Article provided courtesy of Long Realty Home Advantage partner, Cherry Landscape.
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