Protecting Plants For First Fall Freeze
A chill in the air arrives to our area which could kill your plants.
“The main thing to know or realize is it’s just the natural cycle of things; this is the first of many freezes to come,” says Stephen Black, Westwood Gardens Owner.
A freeze warning Friday night with temps expected to drop to the 20′s, but this doesn’t mean you have to protect all of your plants.
“It’s time for the marigolds and all the summer annuals to go. What a lot of people do is let them freeze at this point these next two nights and then pull them all out and then replant with Pansies or Violas that can take the freezing temperatures all through the winter and still be there early next spring,” says Black.
Black says there are some popular fall plants that need to be protected from the frosty chill.
“Right now everyone is decorated for Halloween and they’ve got Chrysanthemum on their porch and in baskets and they are all in full bloom, and when they are in full bloom they are susceptible to a freeze, it will burn the tips of the petals of the bloom.”
Black says to cover plants with frost cloth, which is spun polyester and not to use plastic.
“You can do a whole lot of damage with that. Anywhere they touch a leaf it actually transmits cold to the plant and you’ll burn the leaf where it’s touching plus with a clear plastic when the sun is shining it warms up and up and gets too hot underneath there,” explains Black.
Black also says if you have a vegetable garden be sure to cover Lettuce for it will freeze. Cabbage and Broccoli can withstand cold temperatures.