Prepare your plants for a potential unexpected cold snap:
Paul Gustin, who is a great contributing reader, just asked an important question. Paul has noticed that the forecast calls for a cold snap and is asking for some advice to prepare and protect his plants. The following is my standard strategy for cold weather. However, if anyone has additional thoughts please let us know in the comments section.
- In general, its always a good idea to have an extreme cold weather plan and supplies ready for those occasional extra cold days that may damage or kill a cherished plant.
- Protective frost cloth/blanket is a great option to consider. This is how I get many of my cold sensitive plants through the winter.
- The Protec brand of frost plant cover, and the Dalen brand of Harvest Guard Row Cover are pretty similar products. They are both found on amazon and both have very good reviews.
- When you are covering your plants with the frost cloth, it is important to cover the entire plant in a sealed enclosure.
- I use use duck tape to make a pillow case- like sac out of the frost cloth material and it has worked excellent to cover and protect my trees.
- Be sure that the trunk/bottom of the plant is also enclosed in this protective sac.
- After the cold has passed, I roll them up and store them for the next season- that way they are always ready when needed.