What's My Zone? - Knowledgebase Question

Leechburg, PA
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Question by evadasil
January 20, 2001
I am new to the gardening world, and I haven't been able to locate what zone I'm located in. I live in Leechburg, Pennsylvania. I'm looking to start some gardens this spring and wanted to know when I should start seeds? What kind of shrubs, plants, flowers will do well in my area?

Answer from NGA
January 20, 2001
It looks like you live right on the edge of USDA Hardiness Zones 5 and 6 where the annual average minimum temperature is -10<sup>o</sup> to -15<sup>o</sup>F. Remember this isn't an exact science; use this information as a starting point.
For instance, if you're selecting long-lived trees and shrubs, be conservative, assume you're a zone 5 and select plants accordingly. But with shorter-lived plants or whenever you feel safe being experimental, try some zone 6 plants.
Also check the National Gardening Zone, Middle Atlantic region. Over time you'll see here the kinds of plants you can grow, and other details about your region.

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