It is pretty obvious the moment you step outside — it’s cold in Nashville. And not just the “oh, maybe I should’ve worn a jacket,” cold, but the “oh, maybe I should’ve worn a parka, gloves and hat” cold. So how does your landscape stay safe through these freezing temperatures? There’s a big list of things to check off in order to protect your landscape, trees and home from the cold temps. The checklist includes:
- Remove all ceramic or clay pots to avoid damage. If you can’t remove heavy or planted pots, wrap them with bubble wrap to keep them insulated.
- Bring all outdoor hoses inside and drain them.
- Drain any pools, fountains or sprinkler lines.
- Shut off the inside valve of the hose bibs and allow it to drain.
- Keep the outside hose bib on for additional draining. This will also help keep the pipes from bursting.
- Cover any plants, young trees or flowers with freeze-protected fabrics.
- Remove any heavy or dead limbs that might be hanging over power lines, rooftops or cars. The freeze and heavy ice might cause the limbs to break and fall.
- Collect any firewood in case of power outages or heating problems (if you have a fireplace). The Parke Company can provide firewood for you if you need it.
Whether you live in Greenhills or West Nashville, the city and surrounding areas still experiences cold snaps throughout the winter months. It’s smart to be prepared. If you have not already checked these things off your list, be sure to do so before the next cold front. If you don’t take care of these small tasks, you might be in for much longer winter repairing and paying for avoidable problems. If there’s something you are unsure about, call the Parke Company with any questions or additional landscape needs.
Stay warm, Nashvillians!