With the colder days drawing closer, before the frosty mornings are upon us, it’s time to put in place the right protection for your plants, so they’re ready for the harsh winter weather. Submitting your plants to the winter elements without protection can result in blackened, distorted or limp growth and a browning of the leaves of your plants. Since in the UK, there may be between 7 and 10 nights where the temperatures are below freezing, keep reading to learn how to protect plants from frost this winter.
When to protect your plants
The best way to seek to minimise frost damage is to prevent it in the first instance, rather than seeking a cure after it has happened. Put all frost protecting measures in place at the first sign of frosts.
How to prevent frost damage
Use protective wrappings such as bed sheets, blankets to cover tender and vulnerable plants. This acts like insulation, keeping warm air from the ground around the plant.
More frost protection tips:
- Place plants in frost-resistant spots
- Lift and store tender perennials
- Avoid frost pockets
- Cover plants before nightfall
- Protect plants with cloches
- Warm plants with water jugs
- Water before a frost
- Bring potted plants indoors
- Wrap fruit trees
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