Protecting plants during cold weather

Posted at 7:52 PM, Nov 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-12 20:52:20-05

The cold weather can have some serious impacts on your garden. Some businesses are taking care of outdoor plants that just can't take the cold.

A hard freeze is keeping employees at Stine Home & Yard busy. "We've been putting a whole lot work in," Susan Lapoint with Stine said.

The weather can turn a blossoming garden to an eye sore. It's why more than 200 plants are being covered with plankets, a blanket to protect plants from cold winds. "It will protect them from the first frost and keep them warm," Lapoint said.

Household items can also be used. You can use bed sheets, blankets or drop cloths to make sure your plants are protected."You're just going to make sure you're using a stake to support whatever you're using so that it does not touch the foliage," Robert Castro with Stine said.

"As soon as the the temperatures are above freezing temperatures, you're going to want to remove whatever protective gear you have in place."

Also, cluster potted plants near your home. It protects them from wind and holds in heat. You'll also want to pay close attention to certain plants.

"Certain citrus can take the weather, but if you have a potty citrus you can cover it with mulch," Lapoint said. When the temperatures begin to rise it's important to remove the protective covering. "You have to take them off so they can get adjusted back to the light so they can keep growing," Lapoint said.