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Microclimates

Have you ever noticed an especially cold or warm spot in your landscape? Microclimates are just what they sound like—small areas with slight variations in the weather.

Pay attention to the microclimates in your landscape so you can choose the plants most likely to thrive there. The southeastern side of your home is usually the warmest spot for cold-tender plants, while low and north-facing areas tend to be a little colder and more humid.

A fence will help block cold or drying winds, and trees can trap heat under their canopies and ward off frost. Remember that microclimates come and go as the sun shifts with the seasons.

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