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Archive date:  October 20, 2017

Ol‘ Jackie Frost

Be prepared; don’t be caught unaware!

It should come as no surprise as it happens every year.  If he hasn’t already, Ol’ Jackie Frost will be paying a visit. Our average first frost date is normally between October 15th and the 20th. With low temperatures Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings in the upper 30’s here at the nursery, we are already experiencing frosty conditions. To be sure, the likelihood is far greater in outlying areas as opposed to those who live in the city. It is time for you to make a plan and execute it, to prepare for the inevitable. The frost and freezes that occur in the fall are beneficial. While you may hate to see the summer flowers go away, it does indeed indicate the transformative changes that come with autumn.

So what should you do? You should be taking a keen look around the patio and deck. In the event you have tropicals that you wish to ‘winter-over’, some action is required. It is one thing to consider what you need to bring inside, it is another thing to consider what you may be bringing in with them. In the event you bring those plants inside with haste, you will likely also be transporting pests, which can reproduce and quickly spread to other plants already inside.

For many, the easier choice is to simply leave them outdoors and let nature take its course. Most folks simply do not have sufficient light indoors to keep tropicals alive during the winter. If you do bring them in, be prepared to spray them to ward off unwanted pests. Using insecticidal soap usually gives good results, and is safe for the applicator. It is much easier to spray them outdoors. However, if your time runs short, place them in the shower, and spray them there.

With summer color on the wane, it is time to get fall color in place. We have an unrivaled selection that will make your garden dazzle and amaze! Ol’ Jackie Frost, pansies, and violas are happily chilly, autumn companions.

David Bates