The Landscape Alert

 

Potential for Frost across Georgia Looming Early Next Week

Matthew Chappell, University of Georgia Horticulture Department


If you are like many Georgia residents, you have broken out the shorts and t-shirts. Across much of Georgia, plant material is in the same mood, with buds breaking on all but the latest plant material. However, you need to be aware that the weather is about to take a typical spring swing to colder temperatures. The National Weather Service offices in Peachtree City, Tallahassee, and Greenville/Spartanburg are all forecasting at or below freezing temperatures across the vast majority of Georgia on Monday night (4/6); as far south as the GA/FL boarder and east as Statesboro. To make matters worse, Tuesday night (4/7) could be a repeat frost/freeze for those of us north and east of I-75 and I-16.
 
Please be aware that the forecast is apt to change (for better or worse) and that growers and landscapers should prepare plant material and inform clients on the possible frost/freeze. Detailed weather forecasts can be obtained online at http://www.weather.gov/ or via NOAA weather radio. In many cases landscape plants can be protected from frost. See the following links on cold protection. For a NOAA graphic of Georgia's average last frost dates, see below.
(Original article released by the Georgia Green Industry Association - www.ggia.org)

 

[log in to unmask]" alt="frost map" width="316" align="left" height="336" hspace="12">(Editor’s note: See the following publications for ideas on protecting plants from the cold.)

 

Cold Protection - http://apps.caes.uga.edu/urbanag/Home&Garden/indexFS.cfm?storyid=2739

 

Cold Damage and Ornamental Plants -

http://apps.caes.uga.edu/urbanag/Home&Garden/indexFS.cfm?storyid=2626

 

Using Irrigation for Cold Protection -

http://apps.caes.uga.edu/urbanag/Industry/LandScapeLine/Archive/Landscape_Line.pdf

 

Winter Injury to Evergreens (What to do after a freeze) - http://plantpath.caes.uga.edu/extension/documents/January2008.pdf

 

 

Please share this information with others in the landscape & turf industry. For more information:

 

Call your local Extension Agent at (800) ASK-UGA1 or locate your local Extension Office at

www.caes.uga.edu/extension/statewide.cfm

 

www.georgiaturf.com

 

Pest Management Handbook (Follow all label recommendations when using any pesticide) - www.ent.uga.edu/pmh/

 

For current weather conditions, historical data and applications see - www.georgiaweather.net

 

 

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Willie Chance

UGA Cooperative Extension Agent, Houston County

Outreach Coordinator, Center for Urban Ag

801 Main Street, Perry, GA 31069

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Fax (478) 987-8099

 

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Dr. Teri Hamlin
North Region Agriculture Education
Georgia Department of Education
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