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Protect your plants from late frosts

Posted April 20th 2018 in Latest News 0 Comments
Protect your plants from late frosts

The weather may be treating us at the moment, but spring can be a temperamental time of year weather wise.  Gardens are suddenly springing to life with the warm weather but we should be vigilant for frosts and cooler temperatures at night.  It is tempting to put out tender plants now, but only do so if you have the means (and the time!) to protect them from overnight frosts.

Many plants are tender and you should be warned of this at the garden centre - ours has lots of signs about, warning you to protect your plants from frost.  There are a number of ways to do this -

Keep tender plants in a warm greenhouse or on a sunny windowsill until the risk of frosts is past (this is generally mid May).

Cover plants in the garden with horticultural fleece, fleece cloches, plastic cloches or upturned plant pots.  Remove during the day to allow air around the plants.

Fruit trees and bushes can be particularly susceptible to frost damage.  Blossum and young buds need protection.  If your plant is not too big you can cover it with fleece.

Longer term frost protection could be planting trees in warm, sunny, frost free spots - such as a south facing wall.  Mulch around existing trees to protect roots and keep grass around trees short as long grass prevents heat radiation up from the soil.

Enjoy and protect your garden. 

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