Cold Weather Slowing Business Down

Updated Apr 29, 2013

dennyb_frost1Temperatures across the country are fluctuating left and right, and landscapers are trying to keep up.

Last year, temperatures were through the roof in March, and this year, some cities are still fighting snow in late April.

With the snow slowly melting away, landscapers have to find ways to stay on schedule and not fall behind, because falling behind could mean losing business.

According to an article from the Altoona Mirror, landscapers are having to plant flowers in May, when they would normally start at the beginning of April.

One main problem landscapers are running into is the ability to plant grass. Because the ground is still so wet from it not being dried out, landscapers are almost five to six weeks behind schedule.

However, there is a silver lining when it comes to the warmer weather showing up late – insects haven’t appeared.

Landscapers are adjusting schedules and keeping clients informed of the weather issues, but as soon as the warm weather appears, landscapers are expecting to be twice as busy this year. 

Here’s a few tips on how to Protect Frost-Sensitive Plants.

•  Plants should be thoroughly watered, especially those in containers, several days in advance of the frost.

•  Do not fertilize with quick-release nitrogen in the winter months. Actively growing plants are more susceptible to frost damage.

•  When possible, cover tender plants. Frost blankets can be purchased and, depending on thickness, can add 3 to 7 degrees of warmth for plants.

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