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March 28, 2022

What Are Landscaping or Hardiness Zones? Why Do They Matter?

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One of the things that you should consider when planning your spring landscaping is what hardiness zone your home or business lies in. Many people have dreams about specific shrubs or flowers only to find that they fail to thrive or struggle to last very long. Here is what you should know about landscaping or hardiness zones and why they matter.

What Are Hardiness Zones?

Hardiness zones, which are also called landscaping zones and planting zones, are geographic regions that have similar temperatures on the coldest days of the year. In order to determine the hardiness zone of a region, you need to look up the average extreme minimum temperature. Depending on what the average extreme minimum temperature is for your house or business, it will be assigned a number between 1 and 13, as well as one of two sub-regions, known as A or B. This means that when you want to do your spring planting, you should look up what zone you live in. For example, Baltimore, MD has areas that are in zones 7a, 7b, and 8a.

Why Do Hardiness Zones Matter?

Hardiness zones help you quickly identify what flowers and plants will thrive on your property. Using the Baltimore example, someone in the 7a hardiness zone could plant something that is rated to zone 5, but they should not plant something that is rated for zone 8, because the winter is probably too harsh for a zone 8 plant to survive. Planting something that is not rated for your hardiness zone or above is often a waste of money and effort.

Additionally, planning is important to ensure that nothing you plant has unintended consequences. At JFC Grounds Maintenance, we can help install plants and trees on your property and ensure that your yard is properly planned.

Spring Clean-Up and Lawn Care Services from JFC Grounds Maintenance

Ready to take better care of your lawn or commercial landscape? Are you interested in adding native plants to your property? Give JFC Grounds Maintenance a call at (410) 655-2887.