It took the warmer Spring temperatures a while to get here, but they have finally arrived! And while we are all enjoying the warmer daytime temperatures, don’t forget that overnight temperatures may still bring frost. Be sure to take precaution with your flowers, shrubs and plants that might be affected.
Here are a few simple tips on how to protect your plants from overnight frost damage:
- If plants are in containers, bring them indoors overnight or at least into your garage or shed.
- Smaller plants and flowers can be covered with an inverted bucket or flower pot. You may even be able to cover up some low lying growth with a layer of mulch. Be sure to remove the covering in the morning once the temperature rises above freezing.
- Cover larger shrubs and trees with fabric such as an old bed sheet. If possible, drape the fabric over a frame rather than directly on the plant. You can make a simple frame by using three relatively-equal sticks to form a teepee-like structure, then use fabric to enclose and tie the sticks and fabric together at the top. Be sure to remove the covering in the morning once the temperature rises above freezing.