How to protect outdoor plants from first frosts
The air temperature will soon begin to drop significantly and night frosts will set in during relatively warm days. Some plants in flower beds and gardens need special attention and protection during this period. You can help them get through this period of temperature fluctuations and prepare well for winter.
OBOZREVATEL found out how to do this. Here is what professionals advise to do with plants in the fall.
Identify the most sensitive species
Not all species in the garden need additional protection. For some, such annual transitions are the norm and they cope with the cold snap on their own. Take a look at everything you have growing and identify those species that need special attention and care.
Take care of exotic plants first
As a rule, flora that is not typical for your region does not tolerate the local climate. Plants that come from warmer climates often need to be covered or even moved to a warmer place. Take care of them first if you want to keep them alive.
Cover delicate plants
Some species are more sensitive to temperature changes and need protection from frost. Check if you have any in your garden and cover them before the cold snap. You can bring them indoors if you can. Annuals, tropical plants and some perennials fall into the tender category, as do many herbs and vegetables.
Leave hardy landscape plants alone
Hardy trees, shrubs, and perennials usually survive winter well, so they just need to be checked for disease or damage from time to time. They will cope with the transition to winter mode on their own.
Let annuals die
A skilled gardener can make an annual plant live for several years, but is it really necessary? Annuals lose their attractive appearance in the second year and do not bloom as lushly, if do at all. Therefore, it is better to let them complete their life cycle naturally. What you can do is collect seeds from them and sow them in the same place where the previous generation grew.
Use the right type of protection
Temperature fluctuations can make you rush to cover weaker plants. Use ordinary textiles or special materials for this purpose. As long as frosts occur only at night, you can cover the plants before sunset and remove the covering material in the morning.
At the same time, avoid covering the leaves with plastic materials as they can harm the green mass and the plant will lose its appearance ahead of time. Don't forget to water your garden or flower bed on time, as moist soil retains heat better than dry soil. This approach will be beneficial for native species.
Use mulch and covers for sensitive plants. They protect them from frost by forming a protective cover. Mulch helps protect the roots in the ground, and the cover protects the branches and trunk.
Earlier, OBOZREVATEL shared how to fertilize the garden in the fall to protect it from diseases and pests.