USDA hardiness zones map
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What is a hardy zone?

If you are a gardener, then you probably already know a little about the hardy zones. Understanding the USDA hard zones is an important step in getting the results you want with the plants that you choose to grow. In order to help gardeners and farmers learn which crops work best in their areas, the USDA has set out growing zones and assigned them to each area of the United States. Those areas are grouped with like weather and climate for the best growing results.

Take a look at the USDA hardy zone map.

This map shows us that there are eleven different zones in the United States. Each different zone represents ten degrees warmer or colder than the neighboring zone. When you look at the map, you can pinpoint where you live and find out which zone you live in.

How does the zone help your garden?

Any avid gardener will tell you that your zone can certainly make a big difference in the success of your gardening. Planting the wrong plants in your zone, or planting them at the wrong time of the year can lead to not so good results with your gardening.

If you always stick to plants that are labeled for your zone, you will surely find success with your garden. In fact, the USDA hardy zone is accepted across the United States and most plants and seeds that you buy will have planting instructions listed for each zone or will at least tell you if that plant is recommended for your zone. Depending on where you live, you can find plants that will do very well when planted correctly.

Other information according to the hardy zone.

There is a lot of other information that the hardy zone will tell you. A lot of research goes into coming up with the hardy zone. Researchers look at the climate and temperature of each area, but they also look at rainfall year-round. By looking and using the hardy zone map, you will also be able to obtain other information such as the lowest and highest temperature for each season in your area. This type of information is very important when you are dealing with gardening and planting crops and other plants.

Find your hardiness zone by zip code or by state, just click here.

Looking at the hardy map.

By looking at the hardy zone map, you will see that the areas that are colored are not always the same even from city to city or within the state. The temperature will vary where you live. You should also know that this zone map gives you a quite simplistic view of gardening and a good place to get started. As you well know, the temperature of your area could certainly change and fluctuate and you never want to depend solely on this map when planting. You will also need to use good common sense.

I thought this video would help explain the benefits of understanding what zone you are in and then what is best for your flowers, vegetables and trees.

Related How To article: How to Understanding Plant Hardiness Zones

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