Late frosts can be a gardeners worst nightmare – especially if they come after days of warming sunshine! Here in Yorkshire (and much of the UK) late frosts are common in April and May.
Worrying about them shouldn’t stop you from pottering and planting around your garden in early spring, but it’s important to know that late frost can badly damage your tender plants and seedlings! I’ve put together some of my best tips on how you can protect your garden plants from late frosts.
Keep on reading to find out more…
Watch the weather
The first step to protecting your garden plants from late frosts is to be aware of the weather forecast. If the temperature is predicted to drop below freezing, you’ll have to take precautions to protect the plants in your space.
Cover and protect
One of the best ways to protect your garden plants is to cover them. Use horticultural fleece or bubblewrap to cover your plants overnight. You can also use old sheets or tarpaulins. Make sure to remove these covers in the morning when the sun comes out to avoid trapping in too much heat and moisture.
Mulch over those roots!
Mulching can help to protect the root systems of your plant from late frosts. Use organic matter, such as straw or shredded bark, to cover the soil around your plants. It will help lock in moisture and provide an extra layer of insulation for the roots.
Location of your plants…
If you’re planting in areas known for late frosts, try planting in raised beds or containers as this lifts the plants off the ground. If your plants are in containers, you should aim to place them in a location that is sheltered from the wind, or better yet, bring smaller, potted plants inside for the night if you can – the frost can be extremely tough on younger plants.
Late frosts can be a challenge for gardeners in the UK, but by being prepared and taking the necessary precautions, you can protect your plants from damage!
I hope my advice helps keep your outdoor plants looking great all year long! Don’t forget, if you have a specific topic you’d like my advice on, let me know by commenting on my social media posts and you just might see it on a future blog!