Help Recover Plants Harmed by Frost with These Simple Steps

Frost is the greatest threat to your fall garden. It can happen unexpectedly, and when it does, it can seem as if all of your hard efforts are simply frozen in the ground. Fortunately, there are some frost recovery tips you can employ that we’ve covered in our Plant Care Guide.

Frost is dangerous because the chill damages a plant’s cell wall. This causes plants to become limp, blackened, and distorted. While you might believe the sun’s warmth will reverse this damage, the opposite is true. The sun’s rays and the rapid warming in morning can cause the cell walls to rupture.

In our plant care guide, we stress that prevention is always more effective than restoration. Even so, you can do the following if preventative measures have failed to protect your plants:

  • Hide your plants from the sun using a tarp, buckets, or anything that keeps direct sunlight off of them.
  • Cut back frosted growth in the spring. This allows a healthy, new bud to grow in its place. It might take time, but most plants respond well to this treatment.
  • Give your plants a healthy dose of fertilizer. Balance the nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium carefully. This will encourage a strong and healthy recovery.
  • For more delicate plants, move them inside a greenhouse or into your home. This should be done without delay to prevent permanent damage to the plants.
  • For plants that you can’t move, make sure they have not lifted themselves out of the ground, which is a common response to cold weather. If your plants are “rising from the soil,” simply tamp the soil down around them to refirm root contact with the soil.

Contact Rosehill Gardens to learn more about all you can do for your garden and get answers for specific gardening needs.

Stones and Gravel for Your Landscaping Needs

Stone and gravel landscaping serve as foundations for your plants to grow around. They give your landscape definition and also provide convenient places to rest and relax throughout the year.

Stones and Gravel for Your Landscaping Needs

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There are plenty of options to consider. Here are some of the most commonly requested by our clients in the Kansas City area.

Decomposed Granite

  • Granite is tough, but it does break with enough weathering. Decomposed granite is effectively small pieces of granite that have broken apart. Granite is ideal for use on pathways and patios. It is inexpensive and provides a beautiful surface that, when combined with a landscaping fabric, is highly effective at keeping the weeds at bay.

Pea Gravel

  • Often seen in xeroscaped lawns, pea gravel is small, rounded rock that can be spread to a depth of your choosing. It comes in a variety of colors, which makes it easy to blend into your landscape and select a color that matches your home.

River Rock

  • Pulled straight from river beds, river rock is typically smooth and rather hefty in size. This makes it ideal for use around fountains or to create faux river scenes within your landscape. Just be sure to remove debris judiciously as leaves, dirt, and other debris that get stuck within areas covered with river rock can become breeding grounds for weed growth.

Crushed Granite

  • Crushed granite is often a little larger than decomposed granite, and its texture varies in that it is a little chunkier and less uniform in size and shape. Its appearance is a bit more contemporary, and it is easier to maintain than decomposed granite.

The experts at Rosehill Gardens would be happy to assist you with your stone and gravel landscaping needs; contact us today.