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Are your plants protected from frost? Read here to find out.

Landscape architects at Bret-Mar Landscape are extremely experienced in plant site selection. It is important for a gardener to understand each species requirements to survive and thrive. Placing fragile plants in a vulnerable situation can cause winter damage. Make sure to study which plants can handle the cold north wind, dry conditions, shade, and sunlight just to name a few. Read below if you you’re your plants need a little extra help this winter.

Protect your fragile plants from frost damage this winter by covering them with burlap, a quilt, or a blanket. Make sure to not use plastic to cover plants, as this will actually do more harm. Apply the cover in late afternoon to capture heat from the sun and leave on until the next morning. The cover should cover the entire plant and reach all the way to the ground. It may be necessary to anchor down the cover so that it does not get shifted in windy weather. Do not leave the cover on all day. The sun will cook the plant and force it into thinking spring is here.

Light bulbs can even be used to add extra heat during the evening hours when temperatures severely drop. Place a light bulb at the base of the plant, under the cover, but not touching either item. Remember it should be approved for outdoor use. LED light bulbs will not work, as they do not give off heat.

Add mulch around the base of the plant to protect the underground roots. Mulch will soak up the sun’s heat and retain it for long periods of time. It will also feed off the warm ground and help hold the heat in.

If a plant has dead foliage, leave it alone until spring. The dead foliage will protect the plant by creating insulation and it will deter it from creating new growth.