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How to Protect Your Garden From Frost

Snow is normally welcomed with excitement this time of year, but if the snow in your area just keeps on coming, it can cause a whole host of day to day issues, including damage to your garden.

Natural snow cover can at times be beneficial to your plants; it acts as an insulator and will give dry winter plants a much-needed dose of water. This doesn’t mean that snow should purposefully be put on your plants; shovelled snow is a lot thicker and takes longer to melt because it’s not gradually covering your plants.

Tender branches may become weighed down and eventually break but it isn’t much you can do about this unless you want to keep removing snow gently. You must sweep snow off using a broom or your hands. Make sure that your shrubs aren’t likely to be covered with snow falling from your roof. You could create a semi-permanent wooden frame over your shrubs to prevent any damage.

There is an ever-increasing number of tender plants on offer here in the UK. This means that less and less of our plants are surviving the harsh winter weather. All tender plants need some form of protection. They should be grown in pots over winter so they can be moved inside in a greenhouse or similar to be taken out next season.

Evergreen plants will benefit from a layer of mulch around their base to keep them frost free, it will also stop them from becoming dehydrated while climbing plants can be covered with a simple fleece. Similarly, wrap the crowns of tree ferns, cordylines and palms with fleece to insulate their trunks.

Outdoor containers may crack if they aren’t frost-proof. Move them into your shed or greenhouse for the time being until the weather clears up. If you don’t have space to move them, make sure they are insulated by a layer of bubble wrap and placed on bricks to stop them from becoming water-logged. Clear the snow off your greenhouses and similar structures. This will let the light back in during the day and stop the structures from breaking.

You must be careful when your plants have been affected by the frost. It doesn’t mean the end for them but they will be sensitive to the morning sun while defrosting, which can damage growth. Cover them with a layer of black plastic and allow them to defrost slowly.

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