Experts Urge People to Protect Plants From Cold

Landscape safety to protect plants vulnerable to winter's frosty chill

(SANDFLY) When cold winter air creeps across our region, plants, like people, need to be bundled up when temperatures fall below freezing. Experts with Herb Creek Landscaping Supplies in Savannah say even a touch of frost can be the kiss of death for some plants. ” There are some that are less cold tolerant than others, um citrus is a good one for this time of year, um, that needs to be covered. It’s when the temperatures stay cold at night for a long period of time, like I believe is what is going to be happening the next couple of nights, that they really need that protection.” Watson said.

Watson, the manager at Herb Creek’s Sandfly location, says the recommended material to use to cover plants during cold weather should allow air to pass through and should not be plastic. ” Plastic is not a good idea because as soon as that sun starts coming up in the morning, all that condensation that starts..has collected overnight is gonna drip and make your foliage burn.” said Watson, adding that the frost burn can scorch some of a homeowners landscaping investment, especially those house plants and tropicals with low tolerance for cold conditions.” said Watson.

There are alternatives to provide protection if bringing a vulnerable plant inside is out of the question, but Watson says the main thing is to shield the plant from contact with the open air when it’s below freezing. Covering plants with a porous material like frost cloth, a fleece blanket, or event a bed sheet is highly recommended. Watson says people should avoid plastic covering to protect their plants. There is a high risk of plant damage and even death once the sun shines on it the plastic covering. ” I will burn them up.” said Watson. Plants that can be moved, should be moved inside to avoid cold weather damage when it drops below freezing. Once shielding is in place, those plants outside and in the ground need some mulch to insulate their roots and a good watering helps build their strength to stand up to the cold.

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