With cold weather nearly in full swing, Bill Caras of Caras Nursey says that even though this is sooner than usual, this is just a part of the natural process that comes with the first cold snap of the season.
“Fruiting plants like tomatoes, squash, zucchini in the garden, they won’t take the cold, everything else though, like you can see with these sumacs, have, and some of these other things, they’re already starting to change color,” Caras said. “We call that senescing. That means they’re going to go into dormancy, so they need a little shot of frost to get them on their way to dormancy.”
Caras also added that now is a good time to stop watering your lawn. At this point, it’s just prolonging the inevitable.