Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Garden Plant Care Tips During Frost And Freeze Weather

Republished from my blog

Water your container plants when temps are expected to dip below freezing the next morning, the water keeps the plant roots from going below 32 degrees. When water freezes, it releases heat, acting as an insulator to plant root systems during cold weather. In-ground plants need mulching during winter to help protect them against frost. Plants that are budding ready to bloom have a bigger chance of dropping buds when spring is near and heavy frosts occur. To protect fragile plants use an old sheet or commercial frost cover. Do not use plastic only as a protective cover since plastic heats up considerably when the sun hits it and can burn plants. Plastic can be used over a piece of cloth for added warmth for plants. Remove cloth and plastic first thing in the morning to keep condensation from forming and damaging the plant the next night during a freeze. Use burlap to surround your plants. Create an insulation barrier around your plants to protect them from freezes. Place wooden stakes around the perimeter of your plant then wrap burlap around the outside of the stakes. Use leaves or hay inside the area of the burlap next to the plant to help insulate them. Remove the wrap and insulation the next morning so the plants receive needed sunlight. Bring in container plants that are outdoors when frost is imminent, or move container plants into a greenhouse when available to protect plants. Use use quick hoops to cover vegetables in your garden during freezing weather. Hoops are a tunnel shaped device with a cover that can act as a greenhouse to cover your vegetable crop. Plant low lying, dense ground cover surrounding the base of tender shrubs, the ground cover acts as mulch during colder weather.

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