Temps are expected to dip into the 20s on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights this week. Quick tips to make sure you’re prepared:
First of all: DON’T PANIC. Frost is a normal and necessary part of winter here in Zone 7b. In fact, it’s actually good for your garden. The cold temps signal to plants that it’s time to stop actively growing, conserve energy, and enjoy a restful dormant period for a few months.
Here are a few basic chores to tackle before Thursday night in order to get your garden ready for this cold snap. We’ve prioritized the steps in case you’re pressed for time and can’t get to it all:
Most important task: Bring in any houseplants that have spent the summer and fall outdoors. The low temps predicted for Thursday – Saturday are TOO COLD for houseplants. Bring them inside to a spot with filtered bright light away from the drying draft of heating vents. For hardier tropicals, a snug spot in a garage away from drafty windows or a place in the crawlspace will help ward off the worst effects of the cold.
Second most important task: Mulch your garden beds and provide protection for above-ground planted containers. Mulching your garden beds will help regulate the soil temperature, helping to mitigate against the stressful effects of repeated freezing and thawing we experience here during the winter.
Plants in containers need to have extra protection around their roots since they aren’t below ground where the soil acts as an insulator. Wrap your planters in blankets, frost cloth, bubblewrap, even piles of leaves. If you have small planters that can be moved, snug them up together near the foundation of your house and surround them with mulch or leaves. Remember that raised surfaces such as decks freeze before the ground. Provide extra protection to hanging baskets and planters on decks/balconies.
Third most important task: Water. This tasks doesn’t apply to us this week, as we’ve finally had some decent rainfall and the ground is getting nice and wet. Normally, however, watering before a freeze is really important. Cold fronts tend to come in with a blast of arctic wind, and wind can suck the moisture right out of plants, especially those that are evergreen. Counteract the desiccating effects of the wind by giving everything in your garden a good, thorough drink before temps dip below freezing.
*Even if you haven’t needed to water this week, remember to drain your hoses and leave your outdoor spigots dripping.
There’s no need to cover hardy outdoor plants unless you did a hard prune on any broadleaf evergreens back in August and there’s tender new growth emerging now. If any of your broadleaf evergreens (loropetalum, boxwood, magnolia,viburnum, etc.) have brand new growth on them, then it might be a good idea to cover them with a frost cloth or sheet to keep the tender foliage from getting nipped.
Other trees, shrubs, and perennials will be just fine without cover. In fact, this first taste of cold is actually really good for them, as it triggers them to begin shutting down and going dormant for the winter.
Holiday cheer is here!
Fraser fir Christmas trees.
From adorable tabletoppers to majestic nine-footers, we’re pretty sure we’ve got the best trees in town.
They’re nicely shaped, sustainably grown on a family-owned farm, and smell absolutely amazing. Available with or without a tree stand. What more could you ask for?
Once you’ve picked the perfect tree, we’ll put a fresh cut on the trunk for you, and we can even deliver it right to your door.
We’ve got fluffy, double-sided wreaths in Fraser fir, white pine, boxwood,and Fraser fir/boxwood mix in sizes ranging from 16″ to 36″. We’ll also be offering berries, holly, grasses, dried flowers, seed pods, and other natural trimmings for all your wreath-decorating desires.
Garland is available in Fraser fir, white pine, and boxwood and is priced by the yard.
Shop independent…from the roots up.
Our trees, wreaths, and garland come from a family-owned and operated farm in North Carolina. Over the years we’ve gotten to know the owner, his sales team, and his drivers, and we genuinely believe they provide some of the finest trees in the entire Southeast. Plus, they’re a joy to work with.
Why are we sharing this with you? So you’ll know that when you buy your holiday decorations from us you’re supporting more than one independently owned business, and that’s worth a lot of good karma points in our book.
Save the date! Our ever-popular wreath-decorating workshops will be held Saturday, Dec. 3 and 10 this year. Visit our Events page to purchase tickets and reserve your spot. Bring a group of friends or come solo. We supply the wreaths, the cuttings, and the tools – you bring the creativity!
If you don’t have time to make your own holiday decorations this year, let us do the work for you! We’ll be accepting custom wreath/swag orders all season up to Dec. 18. (Allow at least three days lead time for special orders.)
Saturday, Dec. 3 and Dec. 10 at noon.
Visit our Events page to learn more about our upcoming nearly legendary wreath-decorating workshops and how you can reserve a spot!