Discover the Fun of Gardening

November 29, 2012   

Christmas is such a wonderful time of year.

A couple of cooler mornings remind us that winter temperatures may not be far away. Make sure you are prepared by following the hints below on protecting plants and taking advantage of Kerby's 2 for $30 special on frost blankets. Nothing makes protecting your favorite plants easier than being prepared. If you have all of your preparations for cold weather done, then skip the crowds at the toy store and come check out the beautiful Christmas plants that have arrived at Kerby's. Bright poinsettias in white, pink and red or lovely Christmas cactus in bud and bloom are sure to add some holiday cheer to your home and garden. Or if you need a smile, check out the reindeer philodendron. Christmas is such a beautiful time of year and the weather is perfect for taking a little time to get in the garden.  

Happy Gardening,
The Kerby's Nursery Family

In This Issue
Featured Plant

Protecting Plants from Winter Frost

Frost Blankets
2 for $30
Reg. Price $16.99

Cool Season
Annuals are In
Violas, Snapdragons, Lobelia & Alyssum

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Christmas Cactus
$9.99 6" Pot
$16.99 8" Baskets
 Featured Plant
Christmas Cactus
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The unique blooms of the Christmas cactus are a lovely addition to holiday arrangements and patio planters. They come in a variety of colors, including, red, white, salmon and yellow. Each year they bloom as the days shorten, just in time for Christmas. You can keep them in a pot on the patio year round, and since they are a type cactus, they don't require as much water as most potted plants. Easy and beautiful!

Protecting Plants from Winter Frost

All that hard work. The sweat, the backaches . . . don't let it go to waste by not preparing for the winter. Make sure you are stocked up on all of the essentials for protecting your plants, like frost blankets and anchor pins.  Follow these easy tips to make sure your garden comes into spring looking even better than before.

Protection - When frost or freeze approaches, the best thing you can do is be prepared to cover your plants. Have frost blankets and anchoring pins on hand so that you don't have to make a last minute trip to Kerby's and have a plan for covering up your most sensitive plants. Make sure that you cover plants all the way to the ground, resting the blanket lightly on the plant and then anchoring the blanket to the ground with the pins. Not attaching the blanket allows cold winds to creep under easily and either blow the blanket off, or push out the warm trapped air that is protecting the plant.

Water Well - The day before cold comes in, make sure you give your plants a good soaking. A lack of water when cold, dry winds are blowing can cause double the damage to your plants. Water plants at the roots only. Water on the leaves doesn't help and can cause more damage for landscape plants.

Stop Fertilizing - By now, you should have done your fall fertilization on all of your plants. At this point, you want to hold off on any general feeding until springtime. Too much fertilizer right now may encourage growth spurts during warmer days, and this new growth is extremely sensitive to cold, no matter how hardy the plant.

Avoid Some Pruning - On sensitive shrubs, you'll want to avoid pruning unless absolutely necessary. Pruning stimulates growth which can lead to weaker plants.  A plant that is a little taller or wider than you want can be a good thing, as it will provide a little extra insulation. The winter is a great time to prune roses, crape myrtles, evergreens, and any deciduous trees.

Double Protection - If you're a fruit nut and have exotic tropical fruit trees, consider doubling the protection by using multiple layers of frost blankets. For covering trees, have a few stakes on hand to prop the blankets up so they aren't pulling the leaves and branches down.

These are a few tips you can use to protect your garden this winter. The best protection is being prepared for whatever mother nature throws our way.


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Kerby's Nursery

2311 S. Parsons Ave.

Seffner, FL 33584
(813) 685-3265

Store Hours
Open Seven Days a Week
Monday - Saturday,  9:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday,  11:00am - 4:00pm
Closing at 1:00pm Monday, December 24
Closed December 25th - January 1
Reopening Weds January 2nd