Protect Your Plants From Frost
Most of the spring plants in your yard and garden require protection when overnight frost is predicted. To shelter plants in garden beds, consider these methods:
- For small plants: Cut the bottom out of a large cardboard box. Tape together the box-top flaps, then cut along three sides of the top so that a hinged lid remains. Set the box over the plant, keeping the lid closed at night and open during the day.
- For large plants: Set four stakes – each several inches taller than the plant – around the plant’s perimeter. Drape the stakes with a frost cover, burlap or an old blanket. Don’t let the cover come into direct contact with the plant or it will transfer the freezing temperatures to the leaves. Remove the cover during the day.
If a frost catches you by surprise and you don’t have time to construct either of these guards, move a patio chair over a smaller plant and drape the chair with your frost cover, burlap or blanket for a quick solution.
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