So we are all anticipating for Spring to come in full force as I have said multiple times so far in our posts. Therefore, I thought it might be a good idea to talk about when Spring does finally arrive, what is one thing that you will need to be preparing for? Well, that’s the Spring Frost.
Every single Spring we wake up in the morning and we see frost on the ground and it’s a reminder that we are getting closer to that warmer weather. Well with that warmer weather flowers will start to pop out of the ground and trees will start to bud. Now we have a little problem here because those sprouting flowers don’t like the cold and I am going to share a few tips by SFGate’s Home Guides site which can help you get ready for both your sprouting perennials and the cold frost.
Here are their suggestions:
1. Spread a 2-inch layer of organic mulch around plants to hold heat in the soil and help protect the roots during an unexpected frost. Dry grass clippings or straw are ideal for a vegetable garden. Chopped or shredded bark (mulch) is ideal for flowering plants.
2. Water the soil to a depth of about 6 inches during the daytime hours when there is a frost alert for the evening. Wet soil holds more heat than dry soil to help protect the plants. Avoid wetting the plants, if possible.
3. Place a cold frame or hoop house over a vegetable garden to protect plants until the risk of frost is gone. Open the cover on these protective structures to allow sunlight and air around the plants when there is no risk of frost. Close the cover when there is a risk of frost. Remove the entire structure once weather predictions are free of frost warnings.
4. Cover garden plants with bedsheets or light blankets for the overnight hours if there is a frost alert and you are not using a cold frame. Place stakes around the plants to prop the covering over the seedlings and prevent crushing. Remove the covering the following morning once the sun is up and the temperature is above 40 degrees F.
5. Prune any frost-damaged plants once there is no longer a risk of a late spring frost. Pruning stimulates new growth that is susceptible to cold and frost damage.
I hope this helps you and your plants come the Spring frosts we will be getting here shortly. Make sure to watch the news before you go to bed to see what the weather is expected too. This will determine how much you need to go out and maintain the protection you are providing your perennials.