With all of the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it as a blessing that our desert gardens need little, if any attention during this month, letting us have more time for all of our numerous holiday activities.
(if you’re desperate, you can prune your deciduous trees)
Although the frost damaged growth is brown and ugly and it takes all of your willpower to abstain from pruning it, do whatever it takes to keep your hands off! Go shopping, bake cookies, volunteer, take the kids to visit Santa or any of the other things on your Christmas to-do list.
For more reliable protection, you can use frost cloth (available at your local nursery), which can protect plants from even lower temperatures when used as directed on the packaging. Be sure to remove the coverings in the daytime to allow the surrounding area to warm up again.