Friday, February 10, 2012

How to Protect Your Plants During This Year's Cold Winter Snaps!

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Georgia has enjoyed an unusually mild and warm winter this year, causing plants and flowers to begin blooming unseasonably early. With the predicted cold snap coming in this weekend, homeowners across the state should protect their plants from the frost and colder weather. The experts at Pike Nurseries take the guesswork out of gardening and advise gardeners to adhere to the following guidelines to help keep their plants healthy throughout the weekend’s changing temperatures:


  • Cover plants and flowers with frost cloth or a sheet. (Garden frost cloths can be found at Pike Nurseries locations).

  • Remove the frost cloth first in the morning; otherwise, the sun will trap in heat and cause more damage.

  • Water, water, water!  Water the garden and containers before a hard freeze and again after the freeze. The added moisture will allow the plants to tolerate the cold and bounce back to life.

  • Don’t worry if plants are droopy the day after a deep freeze. Give them time and they’ll usually spring back.

  • Adding a layer of mulch to gardens helps regulate the temperature and keep plants moist. Cover gardens with a 1-2 inch layer of mulch.

  • Plants in containers can be grouped closely together on a porch or patio, or moved to a protected area. 
For more information, please visit Pike Nurseries online at  You can also visit Pike Nurseries on Facebook and Twitter.  


Ever committed to its customers’ gardening success, Pike Nurseries takes pride in taking the guesswork out of gardening.  Offering superior knowledge, quality, and selection in a friendly, caring environment, Pike Nurseries has been an Atlanta icon for over 50 years.  Founded in 1958 by Pete Pike, its ability to adapt to market conditions and community needs has made it a respected Southern institution.  As Atlanta’s oldest garden chain, Pike Nurseries has 15 retail locations in the Atlanta, GA, and Charlotte, NC, areas.  Now led by CEO Mike Kunce, Pike Nurseries looks forward to continued growth as it keeps Atlanta and Charlotte beautiful, one landscape at a time. Ticker

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