Extreme cold weather tips for your plants

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- The recent winter snap has taken its toll on the roads and our lawns and landscaping. Chris Olsen with Botanica Gardens shared tips on how to save your winter plants.

Unique Containers

Paint Stick Painter:

Paint sticks aren't just for stirring paint! They may be used to enhance planters too! Take a cube shaped wooden box and turn it into a planter for the spring season. Using the paint sticks, create a design on the outside of the wooden box. Excessive pieces of the paint sticks may be cut using a "Handi-tool" which is a hand held heavy duty cutting tool. Hot glue each paint stick onto the wooden cube and then fill in any gaps with spackling. Once the spackling has dried, paint or stain the paint stick design. We chose a chevron style pattern to make an ordinary wooden box into a spectacular planter for spring!


- Cube shaped wooden box

- Paint sticks

- Handi-tool

- Spackling

- Hot glue gun/hot glue

- Paint and/or stain

- Plant material

Book Planter:

A unique way of displaying a plant in your home is inside a book! Take any thick book and open it to where it naturally stays open. If pages on the left side of the book are not lying down flat, use Elmer's glue to bind the pages together. You may need to weight the pages down and allow to dry overnight. Using an exacto knife or box cutter, cut out a rectangle within the size of the pages. Take out the pages that have been cut and repeat this step until a rather deep "hole" has been cut out. Line the cut out open area with waxed paper. Fill with plant material, rocks, and moss to create a wonderful addition to your home!


- Thick book

- Exacto knife or box cutter

- Elmer's glue

- Waxed paper

- Plant material, rocks, moss

Brick Planter:

Do you have any old bricks with holes lying around? If so, bricks make a fun display for plants or candles to display inside or out! Simply wash off any dirt from the brick. Insert succulents, votive candles, or small vases filled with flowers inside the holes of the brick. This brick planter is a great accent for your spring party!


- Bricks with holes

- Succulents, votive candles, small vase with flowers

Winter Damage to Plants

Can we be in the Weather Garden for this One?

Extreme cold weather protection tips:

To prepare for more extreme weather, stock up on a supply of plastic, burlap, canvas or old sheets that can be used to cover less cold-hardy shrubs and plants.

When heavy snowfall or icing is predicted, use this material to cover the plants, anchoring the cover around the base of the plant with stakes, rocks, bricks or logs so winter winds don't blow it off.

• Remove the cover and shake off the snow or ice off once the threat has passed.

• Snow and ice can break limbs and twigs of more fragile multi-branched trees and shrubs.

• Give them a little help holding up under the weight by bundling the limbs together with string or twine.

It's fine to gently shake snow from the limbs of trees and shrubs, but let ice melt on its own to avoid breakage.

The best form of winterizing is making sure the plants you choose for the landscape are able to withstand your winter weather.

As you buy new plants, pick ones that are suited for your growing zone and locate them in the proper spot.

Tender plants that can't withstand lots of cold weather should be planted in protected areas or on the west and south sides of houses and other structures.

And if, despite all your efforts, winter seems to take a toll on your landscape plants, don't panic. Many will rebound when spring arrives so be patient and give them time to recover before you give up on them.


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