Snow an Insulator for Garden Plants

By: Todd T. Corillo Email
By: Todd T. Corillo Email

While it may officially be spring, winter paid one last visit to the Valley Sunday, bringing a few inches of snow to the area overnight.

It was enough to coat cars and force people to scrape off windshields, but the snow mostly stuck to grassy areas and not to the roadways.

Localities across the Valley reported very few traffic accidents from the snow as a result of the clear roadways.

While it was good news for motorists, the late-season snowfall had those who are already thinking about their spring planting worried.

The experts at Waynesboro Landscape and Garden Center say, believe it or not, Saturday night's snow was actually helpful for plants.

Owner Stan Quillen explains, "History says we typically get more snow in March than we do in January anyway, so that's not a problem and last night's snow really helped protect plants more than anything else and it gave us some needed water in the ground."

Snow at this time of the year acts like a blanket for plants.

"It insulates the foliage in the blooms. Where people may have gotten in trouble if they covered small plants, then the weight of the snow and the cover of the wet cover would have maybe broken up some plant material," comments Quillen.

However, gardeners do need to be cautious.

Many garden plants are frost proof, but not freeze proof, so if temperatures are below freezing without snow, it's best to cover them up.

For that, Quillen says it's best to use cloth and not plastic.


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