With the cooler temperatures coming this weekend, you’re probably wondering how you can protect your beautiful spring flowers. What temperature does it have to be for the plants to freeze; how cold is too cold? That can be a tough question to answer because all plants tolerate cold differently, which is reflected in the USDA Zone rating they receive.
For this weekend’s cold snap, you won’t need to worry about the roots freezing, but there is a possibility that the cooler temperatures will damage the leaves and blooms on your shrubs. Here are 3 Ms to help keep your plants looking fresh and perky.
Mummify – Covering your least cold tolerant plants with an old sheet or blanket will keep them warm by acting as insulation, trapping the warm air from the ground around the plant. Do not use plastic, as this can harm the plant by trapping oxygen around the plant. Uncover the plants as soon as you get up in the morning so that they can benefit from the warm sunshine during the day.
Mulch – Having a layer of new mulch surrounding the base of the plant will protect the base of the plant. Because mulch has numerous air pockets that the sun will warm up throughout the day, it retains some of that heat during the night and keeps the plant warm.
Moisturize – If you decided to mummify or mulch your plants, but are still worried about them, you can nestle a jug of hot water near it to warm the area and protect against the cooler air. Never place the jug beneath the sheet with the plant as the condensation can freeze and damage the plant.
While it’s not supposed to get super cold this weekend, it is always better to be over prepared than under prepared! If you have any questions, feel free to drop by The Family Tree to speak with one of our knowledgeable sales associates; we’re always happy to help!