Below freezing temps forecasted: advice for outdoor plant care

According to the weather forecast, there is a good chance the temperatures will drop below freezing sometime Monday night or early Tuesday morning. The good news, it doesn’t appear that the cold will stay with us for long. Here are a few tips to get your plants through it.

Move your plants to a protected east or south facing side of your house.

Move your plants to a protected east or south facing side of your house.

Vegetable or Flower Beds

If you recently planted your vegetable garden or your annuals in a flower bed, there are a few things you can do to help protect these little plants. First of all, make sure your seedlings are well watered. If you are worried, you can cover your beds or planted areas with light weight sheets or a Harvest Guard floating row cover (a product designed to trap heat and moisture and protect against frost). Do not cover your plants with plastic. Plastic holds in the cold.
Containers
We have had pretty good winds lately. Wind drys plants out fast. Make sure your containers are well watered. If you can move them, bring them to a protected spot against your house on an east or south facing wall. Again, you can cover them with light weight sheets.
Flowering Shrubs
If your flowering shrubs have buds on them, you can help to protect them by misting them with a bottle or hose right before the temperature drops. Again, if possible, cover them with a light weight sheet.

2 thoughts on “Below freezing temps forecasted: advice for outdoor plant care

  1. Thanks Debbie! Worked great. All the potted plants were in great shape this morning. Hope fully I can believe the weatherman when he said I can plant it all after Easter.