Learn how to protect your plants from the cold snaps.

Winter is here!! Learn how to protect your plants from the cold snaps.

If we are expecting a light freeze, you may be able to protect plants simply by covering them with freeze cloth sold here at Earth Works; or a blanket. This acts as insulation; keeping warm air from the ground around the plant. The warmth may be enough to keep a plant from freezing during a short cold snap.

For added protection when you protect plants in a freeze, you can place plastic over the freeze cloth or blankets to help keep warmth in. Never cover a plant with only plastic, however, as the plastic will damage the plant. Make sure that a cloth barrier is between the plastic and the plant. Be sure to remove the blanket and plastic first thing in the morning after an overnight cold snap. If you do not do so, condensation can build up and freeze again under the covering, which will damage the plant. The benefit of using only freeze cloth is it may remain over the plant for the entire duration of the cold snap. Be sure to watch the local weather station for freeze warnings (32 degrees F and below is considered freezing temperatures).