Protect Your Plants – Freeze Warning for Corvallis, Albany and Surrounding areas
Freeze Warning for Benton County – PROTECT YOUR PLANTS
By Terri Woods, Selling Homes for Sale in Corvallis, Albany and surrounding areas
It’s beginning to FEEL a lot like Christmas. With temperatures dipping into the 20s for the week, plants will need that extra level of protection.
–Water your plants. I know it seems contradictory, but water actually holds heat better than dry soil, thus protecting the plant.
–Cover your plants. Old bed sheets, plastic sheets, and even cardboard boxes protect plants against the freezing temperatures. Prior to covering, you may want to have a stake to keep the plastic from touching the plants. Secure the covering from wind gusts. Remove the coverings during the day and allow the sun to raise the temperature of the plant. NOTE: Frost Protection Fabric is available at Home Depot, Orchards or your favorite local nursery.
–Move plants to the garage or patio if possible.
–Cluster plants together for added warmth, possibly next to the house.
–Add extra mulch to the base of the plant. If the plant is too big, wrap the base with a blanket to protect the roots.
–Add lights to help with warmth. Even holiday lights can work. Be careful not to touch the foliage.
–Light snow is a natural protector for plants. Shake off the limbs carefully.
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