Protect Your Garden From Frost Damage
Although the UK rarely experiences any seriously cold weather, we can be assured, of one thing – frost. Waking up unprepared to a frosty morning can send many gardening enthusiasts into a frenzy.
After the thaw, frost damaged plants are limp, blackened and distorted. It’s a sorry sight to see. But it’s not just the tenders we need to worry about. Garden-variety evergreens can turn brown and hardy plants can be damaged when the ground around their root freezes and cuts off the water supply.
Prevent Frost Damage Before it Strikes
How you defend your plants from frost depends on the plant and it’s location in the garden. A tender growing in a flowerbed can be protected using a simple fleece frame or removable cover. Likewise, you can attach fleece over plants trained against walls.
For evergreens, the protection needs to take place at ground level. A thick coat of dark mulch will help to absorb the sun’s rays in the daytime and keep the ground beneath it frost-free overnight. Individual potted plants are best brought indoors or into a shed or greenhouse.
But most of all, a good deal of forethought should be given to where you plant what.
If you live in an area prone to frost, identify frost-free pockets in your garden by walking out early in the morning after a frost. Shaded patches where the wind swirls don’t reach are normally invisible, but noticeably frost-free first thing in the morning. This is a great location for tenders and blossoms.
Also, look to create north-facing masonry plant havens. Areas beside a north-facing wall will be warmer as the wall will absorb daytime sunshine to reflect back. Furthermore, one side will have long winter daylight exposure. Classic Creations can help you identify the right location for this type of feature.
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