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Protection For Plants From Frost – What You Should Know
It’s not uncommon for a late spring frost to damage plants near the end of April, and while it’s possible for many flowers to survive, they can still be at risk. Commercial growers will often move their plants inside to protect them. But what about the people who don’t have that luxury?
The good news is there are other ways you can help your flowers from frost damage – for instance, covering them with a cloche or tarp and stuffing the plant’s stem with insulation (e.g., straw). And if you’re feeling creative, you can use old sheets as a makeshift greenhouse! With these tips, there should be minimal loss in your garden this season.
But if you do have a late spring frost and plant damage, there are some other steps you can take to protect your plants.
For instance, did you know that early spring is the best time to plant your flowers? The reason is not just because it’s the easiest time, but also because starting in March, the ground freezes hard enough that clean up becomes easier. And because good soil and water are important for healthy plants, starting in March minimizes the risk of planting into poor conditions.
Also, if there is a late spring frost, try to keep as many plants wet as possible. This will help the flowers survive longer under stress.
It’s also important for people to understand the causes of a late spring frost. In other words, don’t panic when it happens! Usually, it’s because a warm wind from the south has changed the climate so that you have nights warmer than days.
This can trigger a frost if you also have high humidity and cloud cover (which keeps temperatures lower than they otherwise would be). But just because an area gets its first freeze in April doesn’t mean it’s going to be bad for your garden or kill off all your plants. In fact, while the first frost can be devastating to plants and people in some areas, there’s still plenty of time left to enjoy spring flowers.
Protection For Plants From Frost – After The Frost
After the first frost has occurred in your garden, you should think about protecting your plants from future frost damage. This year, for example, many people have planted spring bulbs. Some people cover their bulbs with a cloche (a cloche is simply a greenhouse that is open on one side). Some plants like tulips and daffodils are hardy enough to survive without protection. But if you want to care for these plants well, then it’s important to cover them up well at night during the winter months to keep them warm and prevent wilting.
To give your plants extra protection, you can have a professional landscape gardener cover them with burlap. Covering the plants with burlap will also prevent cutworms from damaging the plants and soil. This can be done later in April or early May by cutting off the top third of an old garbage bag and then covering it to prevent frost. You’ll need to remove any air holes in the bag to prevent frost damage if you put it on at night, though. You can also check out our GardenCloth website for more information about burlap coverings.
For plants that are more sensitive to frost, you can use a fabric cover made of polypropylene (plastic) or heavy cotton to protect them. These covers keep the plants warm and may also prevent soil from freezing as well. Some people add bales of straw to their beds during the winter months to provide the plant with extra insulation. This technique is a good way for people to help protect their plants from frost – at least in mild locales where temperatures rarely drop below freezing – but you need to be careful not to take the straw out too early, as it may cause problems later on.
The last thing I would like people to know about late spring frosts is that they are caused by a warmer than normal weather pattern that is “reversed.” In other words, it’s not something people should worry about too much. You can even help avoid problems by planting your garden in a spot that allows you to see the sunrise and set. This will keep your plants happier and healthier throughout the day.