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November 1, 2022

Understanding Landscape Zones (and Why They Matter)

Landscaping zones, which are also known as hardiness zones, are one of the most important factors to consider when determining what to plant and when to plant it. Selecting pieces that are appropriate for your hardiness zone will increase the chance of success.

Landscape Zones 101

Hardiness zones are geographic regions in the United States that are divided based on climate and average low temperature. There are 13 different zones. Zone 1 is the coldest zone, and zone 13 is the warmest zone. When looking at the map, the lines do not occur in even bands because heat islands, lakes, and deserts can all influence the average lows and highs.

Plants are divided into hardiness zones. For example, Baltimore, MD includes zones 7a, 7b, and 8a depending on your address. Zones 7a and 7b can have cool-weather veggies planted in early February and warm-season crops in April. In contrast, zone 8a and 8b gardeners are able to plant 1-2 weeks earlier in the spring due to the warmer temperatures.

Why Are Hardiness Zones Important?

While there are many things that you can control when it comes to your garden and landscape, like soil pH and drainage, the weather is out of your control. Following the plant hardiness map for your business or home is one of the best ways to improve your chances for success. There can still be unseasonably cold or warm weather, but monitoring hardiness zones will help.

Are There Any Limitations to Hardiness Zones?

While plant hardiness zones are generally reliable, there can be small exceptions if you live in a specific microclimate. Working with a professional and experienced partner like JFC Grounds Maintenance is one way to ensure that you are only buying and planting things that are appropriate for the area. We can help you determine the best plants to accent your commercial landscape and assist you in maintaining them in the coming months and years.

Some of the things that can slightly alter your hardiness zone include:

  • High wind
  • Urban heat, as cities typically run hotter than more rural areas
  • Rainfall
  • Humidity

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