Protect your plants from cold wave
You have been impatiently waiting for spring to arrive and when you finally think warm weather will reveal the true beauty of your plants, Mother Nature reminds about herself and the weather forecast warns about a cold wave ahead. To prevent unpleasant sequences such as freezing and frosting of your plants during the cold snap, you should take preventive measures. Here are a few easy to apply methods for protecting your garden plants from dying out when a significant drop in temperatures is expected:
- Take plants inside — when a cold wave is expected, take plants in your home or at least in the garage. However, make sure you keep them away from air intakes otherwise they will dry.
- Take care of boomers — if some of the plants have freshly formed flower buds cover them with an old sheet. It is important to note that using a plastic cover is not recommended. The fabric will ensure adequate insulation against cold but don’t forget to remove it when the weather warms up.
- Mulching — if you use landscape gardening services, your assistants must have reminded you about the importance of mulching. If they have not, include a mulching project in the to-do list you prepare for their next visit. Mulch acts as an insulator and protects plants’ roots against damage. If you want to protect your shrubs, perennials or trees against freezing, apply a layer of mulch for complete peace of mind.
- Water your plants — contrary to popular belief, watering your plants before the freeze is helpful. It prevents desiccation thus insulating plant cells.
- Take care of shrubs — you can take flower pots inside, but digging out shrubs to protect them against cold is totally ridiculous. Instead, cover them with old bed sheets, but make sure the fabrics does not touch the foliage. Take off the protective sheet when the temperatures rise or your plants might die out from the excessive heat.
- Choose your plants carefully — you may love certain plant types but if they are not suitable for your climate zone, their chance of survival is considerably decreased. In this respect, you’d better consult with your local provider of landscape gardening company and pick up plants that can easily recover from extremely high or low temperatures. If you still want to have plants that cannot withstand severe weather conditions, make sure you plant them in easy to carry containers and take them indoors when needed. Last but not least, avoid applying fertilisers until after the last frost for the season. As you know, fertilisers promote the flush of tender growth that can be easily damaged in an event of a cold wave.
To sum up, proper prevention is key to having a beautiful garden. If you think you cannot handle all gardening projects on your own, ask for professional help. There is nothing more disappointing than having your garden ruined simply because you did not find time to take care of it by yourself.
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