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Old 01-06-2010, 01:57 PM
 
Location: Tennessee Mountains
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Do we need to cover our shrubs out front and if so, what would you recommend using . . . burlap maybe, old sheets?

Also, the prawns on our pygmy date tree and ponytail palm tree seem to have all died from the snow last month. Should we cut them back or wait til spring?
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Old 01-06-2010, 08:51 PM
 
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Same question. What do I do with all of our plants? Are sheets enough?
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Old 01-07-2010, 01:09 PM
 
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Don't use plastic, but everything else breathable is generally OK.

It's hard to say how much protection is enough in a hard freeze. I typically cover with simple bed sheets (bought a ton of them at Wal-Mart yesterday), held down with bricks and rocks (it will be windy!). For some tender plants, that will be enough. Very tender plants probably will need more, like lights for warmth. I have a lot invested in my landscape, but there is only so much I will do to protect tender plants (mine are camelias, ginger, cannas, foxtail ferns, mex heathers). Some will perish, and replacements will be purchased in the spring. Such is the way it goes.

Don't worry about most shrubs as they are hardy (boxwoods, hawthornes, pittosporums, etc).

And don't cut back the browned vegetation until the threat of last frost has passed. You will encourage growth at just the wrong time otherwise. Mid-to-late February probably.
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Old 01-07-2010, 05:18 PM
 
Location: Tennessee Mountains
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Don't worry about most shrubs as they are hardy (boxwoods, hawthornes, pittosporums, etc).

And don't cut back the browned vegetation until the threat of last frost has passed. You will encourage growth at just the wrong time otherwise. Mid-to-late February probably.

We don't have any tender plants, but I wasnt sure about the shrubs, and mostly concerned about the palms . . . have quite a few. The nursery said wrap around where the prawns grow out and we should be okay. I was also wondering about the browned prawns on the pygmy dates . . . now I know. Thanks!
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