Even if you live in an area that doesn’t see a lot of snow and ice through the winter, hard frosts can still occur and do serious damage to your outdoor plants. If you’re not prepared for harsh winter weather, it can really take a toll on your landscaping that can take a lot of work to correct in the spring. But if you stay ahead of frosts and other winter weather events, it can go a long way to protecting your plants through the winter. Here are a few tips for protecting your outdoor plants from frost damage this winter.
While garden blankets can protect your row plants and flower garden during a short-term, harsh frost, there are a number of ways to cover your plants to ensure they are protected from winter weather events. Try burlap or floating row covers for overnight protection from wind and frost, and be sure to keep snow from building up on your garden blankets and plant coverings to avoid damage to the plants.
Move Containers Inside
While many plants that you can grow in your garden are actually quite hearty for lasting through the winter, plants in containers or hanging planters may be more delicate and should be protected differently. Consider moving planters to a covered porch or even indoors to protect them from winter weather. Since space in a planter is limited, keeping them in a temperature-controlled space will allow you to ensure the plant stays insulated, allowing for the roots to stay healthy all through the winter and promote growth in the spring.
Insulate Using Mulch
While planters are best insulated through temperature control, this isn’t an option for your row plants, trees, or flower gardens. You may think of the spring as the time to mulch your plants, but mulching in the winter actually provides important insulation that can help keep roots healthy and protected from freezing in the ground. This insulation can also help prevent soil erosion in your garden by protecting your landscaping during the freeze-thaw cycle.
Consider a Greenhouse
If you have a large number of plants susceptible to winter weather damage or are looking for a way to grow more delicate plants, you may consider investing in a greenhouse. These structures provide plenty of protection for plants year-round and can add a lot to your garden space.
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