Saturday, November 5, 2011

Frost soon!

It is that time of year again. Time to turn our clocks back one hour and time for our first frost in the metro area. The average first frost for the Birmingham, Alabama area is November 8. Get hanging baskets indoors, as well as all your potted plants that you will be saving. We have Autumn Ferns that have been brought in for three winters now. Our 3 Cathedral Cacti are now down to one because of an early killing frost last fall. Frost is not a bad thing. It eliminates lots of insects and bacteria and causes our turfgrasses to transition to dormancy. If you cannot bring a plant inside; then cover it with a bedsheet or a plastic tarp. Remember to remove the cover later in the day to avoid excessive heat build-up by the sun.