While you might not be able to see your breath just yet, colder nights are on their way, and if you want to keep your plants or outdoor landscape looking good all year, there are some steps you should take.
At Daylight Home Lighting & Patio in San Luis Obispo, in a store stocked with garden accessories, fountains, and statues, Sharon Buffy-Doran is most concerned about her plants as the temperatures begin to fall.
“We think of 32 as that beginning point where you start to see some leaf damage,” says the nursery manager.
She says while woody plants will not be harmed by any of the relatively cold temperatures here on the Central Coast, fleshy, leafy plants should be taken care of.
“If your plants are extremely dry, watering can help a lot.”
Also keep in mind how close your plants are to your home. Plants closer to the front door will be slightly warmer than those out in the open.
Cover any delicate flowers with an old blanket or a sheet you can get from any hardware store.
“They should be a lightweight, synthetic fabric that traps the heat,” says Buffy-Doran.
Another secret is using old Christmas lights to warm up your plants. Drape them over branches, and that little bit of heat from each bulb can make a big difference.