How To Protect Plants From Frost
A freezing temperature is one of the biggest worries for gardeners. Frost can harm are kill plants and damage crops, that’s why you need to act fast to protect it from the dangerous temperature.
Luckily, you have lots of options for frost protection even if you are not prepared for it in advance.
What is it:
Frost occurs on clear, still nights. As the air temperature approaches freezing, the surface temperature of plants can dip below freezing. Thus causing ice crystals to form in the same manner that dew forms on warm nights. Frost can form if the thermometer reads above freezing because temperatures vary just a few feet above the ground. Freezing temperatures may or may not be accompanied by frost.
How Do You Protect Plants From Frost?:
The freezing temperature can cause the formation of ice crystals in the tissue and will cause the plant cells to burst and die. Fortunately, there are ways you can protect your plants from the dangerous temperature.
Cover Your Plants:
Covers don’t have to be expensive in order to work, just make sure the covers extend down to the soil. You can use a few sticks with newspaper, cardboard or sheets and towels, tented over them. If you don’t have sticks, you can lay the covers directly over your plants to prevent heat loss. Remove the covers in the morning, after the frost has had time to thaw.
Take Them Inside:
To prepare your for their winter indoors, water early in the day and mist foliage with water to remove any garden pests that have taken up residense. Then, let the plants dry until the evening before moving inside. Store your plants in covered places and on porches until the cold weather passes. The warmth of your home will help keep your plants insulated.
Warm Your Plants Using Water Jugs:
Fill the plastic jugs with water and place them under the sun. It will allow them to soak up the heat during the day. Before nightfall, set the water jugs around your plants and throw a cover on them. The water in the jugs will loose heat more slowly. than the soil and the air. The warmth it emits will keep your plants warm. Water your plants ahead of a expected frost. Watering your plants the night before a spring frost can actually protect them from freezing. That will give plants plenty of time to absorb the water before the temperature drops. Maintaining your lawn is as important during the fall as at is during the rest of the year. Preparation for the winter not only helps with the preservation of your plants, for the health and look of the lawn.