Four Ways to Prevent Frost Damage to Your Plants
Winter is frequently thought of as a season of snow, ice, and layering. Middle Tennessee is lucky to have warmer temperatures than some other sections of the country because we don’t see snow very often. That does not, however, imply that we are immune to ice.
If you’re not careful, frost damage may quickly harm the gardens and landscaping around your home. Any fluid movement is impeded as a result of the water freezing into ice crystals, which also harms the plant tissue.
Here in Nashville, we’ve already experienced a few chilly mornings. Make sure your plants are shielded from the elements before the bitter winter weather becomes the norm. Here are four quick ways to protect children from the cold.
Bring Plants Indoors
One of the simplest actions you can take is this one. Do you possess any hanging or potted plants? Bring them inside and put them in the living room, garage, or sunroom. Just make sure they receive enough sunlight and water during the winter, wherever you put them. Before bringing your potted plants indoors, make sure they are free of pests.
Spread Mulch on Top
Not just humans (or small animal owners!) should bundle up. Your plants will be protected from the cold by an additional layer of mulch. Make a 2-3 inch thick layer of protective mulch out of straw, wood chips, hay, or leaves. So that heat can still rise from the roots, leave a space of about an inch or two around the stem. Remove the extra layer as it starts to warm up again to save your plants from overheating.
Spray the Ground
Watering the soil can add another layer of insulation during the hottest times of the day since damp soil retains heat more than dry dirt. The heat will radiate upward during the night and shield the roots from any cold snaps, despite the fact that it seems counterintuitive to water it. Midday, when the sun is at its highest, is the ideal time to water in the winter.
Cover Your Trees
Young trees are especially vulnerable to harm from frost. Consider wrapping the trees as a simple approach to prevent the growth of the buds, flowers, and branches from being stunted. Some options are:
- Protector wraps
Make sure to overlap layers by a few inches as you wrap around, starting at the base of the trunk. Up until the lowest branches, continue in this manner. Use waterproof tape or twine to secure.
It’s no secret that the weather in Nashville can be erratic. This means that in order for your plants to remain healthy throughout the entire year, you must prepare your landscape for any situation. Likewise, take care of your plants!