It’s hard to keep your plants safe with the harsh cold weather of the winter season. Plants suffer from frost, leading them without a chance of survival. However, there are a few things you can do to increase the chances of your plants surviving this season.
Keep Your Plants Safe this Winter
- Don’t fertilize or prune after October – new growth is more likely to experience damage from cold temperatures.
- Water tender plants a few days before the freeze if you can. The relative heat from the water will radiate out to cold plants.
- An plants that can be moved easily should be placed if it’s possible. You may want to buy rolling plant stands to make it easier to move heavy plants.
- When covering your plants, the cover should extend all the way to the ground to trap warmer air that radiates up from the ground.
- Plastic covers should be removed each day, so a blanket or tablecloth would be easiest to use.
- A shop light placed under covers will provide heat and can help preserve cold-sensitive plants. Don’t let the lights touch the covering or plants – they could catch on fire!
- Remember, plants don’t need to be warm and toasty, only a degree to two above freezing is needed to keep your plants from freezing.
Now that you have the prevention of frost covered, you should also use an insecticide/fungicide, such as Pure 3-Way, to keep mold and pesky insects out of your garden.