Rossi Real Estate Services LLC
Rossi Real Estate Services LLC, Rossi Real Estate Services LLCPhone: (518) 598-7711
Email: [email protected]

How Knowing Your Hardiness Zone Can Help Your Garden

by Rossi Real Estate Services LLC 10/03/2021

When choosing plants to grow in your garden, it’s crucial to know what will survive in your particular climate. Luckily, the United States Department of Agriculture developed a special map of numbered “zones” to help farmers and gardeners make the best choices. While you might have seen the term, it’s important to understand what they mean and how they can help you in your own gardening efforts.

What Are USDA Hardiness Zones?

The USDA hardiness zone system helps us to determine the optimal growing conditions for a type of plant. There are 11 different zones across the map of the contiguous United States and Southern Canada. The zones are based on average annual temperature (in Fahrenheit) and vary in size depending on the particular region. A higher zone number means a higher average temperature.

How Can This Info Help Me?

To use this information, the best place to begin is by identifying the zone you live in. Each zone is broken down by 10-degree differences with “A” and “B” sections to narrow the temperature down further.

To figure out your climate zone, you can consult the USDA map or use one of the search functions many online resources provide. Once you know your zone, you can look for plants and seeds that are recommended to grow in your area—and avoid those that are not. Your zone will tell you what will survive in your average annual temperature, so you know ahead of time that it’s worth the time and resources to plant.

It is possible to grow plants that are not labeled for your zone, but it’s difficult. Agricultural experts recommend beginners stick to their own zones unless they have a way of creating a “microclimate” at home, such as a greenhouse. For some plants, like edible crops, even if the plant can grow out of its recommended zone it might not produce the same quality or amount of fruit, vegetables or otherwise.

Other Things to Consider

While the USDA hardiness zones are standard practice in agriculture and gardening, it’s important to take other environmental factors into account. There is a competing system called the “sunset climate zone” system, which adds in more factors than temperature alone. Sunset zones include things like rainfall, wind, average humidity and extreme seasonal temperatures.

It is also worth noting that while accurate and trusted today, the last official version of the map is from 2012. Because of global shifts in average temperature and climate, the map might look a little different today. That said, there are occasional updates, but for everyday gardeners we can still consider the rough estimates accurate enough to help with planning a successful and healthy garden.

For more information, consulting local gardening or agriculture experts for additional advice is never a bad idea. After all, the USDA hardiness zone map is only a starting point and provides lots of room for experimentation. Research your plant choices carefully and you’ll be able to make the best informed decisions for your situation.

About the Author

Rossi Real Estate Services LLC

Rossi Real Estate Services LLC is a boutique real estate brokerage firm that provides close personal attention to buyers and sellers in the Capital Region and surrounding areas. “Typical” is not a word that clients use to describe Rossi Real Estate's approach to home buying and selling.  Building upon years of experience, Rossi Real Estate employs creative marketing approaches, combined with a vast network, to quickly sell homes.  By creating home floor plans, professional photography, and online marketing videos, Rossi Real Estate is able to depict home layouts and professional marketing to potential buyers before stepping foot in your home; this saves the seller valuable time by attracting only those buyers who have greater interest in the home. Additionally, by employing targeted online marketing, Rossi Real Estate targets buyers searching for homes just like yours.  

Joe Rossi, the Principal Broker at Rossi Real Estate, builds upon over 12 years real estate experience in every transaction. Joe zealously advocates for his clients by combining his diverse background in law, finance, complex negotiation, and management, with compassion and exemplary communication skills creates.  He explains transaction details and guides his clients through every step of the buying and selling experience.  Furthermore, Joe listens to his clients’ wants and needs.  In a recent transaction, the buyer profusely thanked Joe, stating he was, “[T]he only one in the transaction that was capable of communicating with the sellers in a way that ensured we were able to close on our dream home”. 

Our real estate practice includes leading professionals, all of which are NYS Licensed Real Estate Sales Associates: Joseph R. Rossi, Ryan Hart, & Dustin Cogswell. Their experience includes work at a fortune 100 company, military operations, and technical recruiting.

If you're looking for a real estate broker who goes above and beyond the industry, who genuinely cares about their clients, and who will drive results, contact Rossi Real Estate Services LLC today.

The Stuff our attorneys make us include...

In accordance with Real Property Law §442-H, Rossi Real Estate Services LLC implemented a Standardized Operating Procedure governing client engagement. As such, prior to any engagement, Broker:

1. Requires a buyer to produce identification if the identity of the buyer is not readily known through a personal relationship with the broker or licensed sales person;

2. Requires an exclusive agency agreement (i.e. exclusive broker agreement) prior to engagement with any buyer;

3. Does not require pre-approval for a mortgage loan; however, a pre-qualification letter for a mortgage loan or, for cash buyers, proof of funds is required.

Although Broker may not require certain information, a seller of real estate may require this information prior to showing the property and/or as part of any purchase offer.