Frost Protection

During spring, you must always be prepared for unexpected frost especially in the northern regions of the country. Here are some tips to ensure you and your plants are ready for the frost.

  1. When you buy plants, check their frost tolerance. High tolerant plants are less likely to be effected when the frost bites.
  2. For the more sensitive, tender plants, bring them indoors if possible. Otherwise, be sure to shield them from the cold and wind. Place them behind a shed or on lower slopes of land where they will be safe.
  3. Keep an old sheet or blanket to use as a cover during the nights when temperatures drop. Glass jars and sacks can also be used as covers. Make sure to remove the coverings in the morning so the plants can get enough sunlight.
  4. Water your plant thoroughly during the late afternoon with warmer (not hot) water. This will keep the soil warmer for a longer period of time.
  5. Raised-Beds are a great way to keep your plants out of the frozen ground.
  6. Avoid cutting any damage that is created on your plants during the winter weather. These will actually serve as a guard until the weather becomes warmer.
  7. Spread mulch around the base of a plant to insulate the ground and protect the stem from harsh winds.