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How To Protecting Plants?

How To Protecting Plants?

Protecting from Frost

Frost is potentially very damaging. Its arrival may be unexpected, and it often follows or precedes fairly mild weather, when plants are particularly vulnerable.

Early-winter frosts and the late frosts that occur once plants have started growing again in spring are the most damaging.

Providing Insulation

  • Protecting plant and pot

Protect the root ball of a container plant – and the pot itself – by wrapping the container in burlap, newspaper, or bubblewrap. Tie in place.

  • Covering Overnight

Row covers Drape plants with horticultural fleece or film, or old net curtains, to protect flower buds and soft, new growth. Remove as soon as frost is no longer a danger.

  • Using newspaper

For simple and inexpensive overnight frost protection, cover vulnerable plants with a layer or two of newspaper held in place with bricks or large stones.

Protecting Roses

  • Mounding soil

Mound up soil around rose stems during very cold weather. Remove the soil when the weather warms up. If the soil is heavy or wet, use compost.
Protecting from Frost
Fighting Frost

  • Insulation Protect Plants the crowns of herbaceous plants and shrubs by surrounding them loosely with chicken wire. Anchor the wire to the ground, and pack it with dry leaves, hay, or straw.
  • Air circulation Make sure that air can circulate around insulated plants. Stagnant air allows moisture to accumulate, which can lead to rotting.
  • Fertilizers Soft growth is prone to frost damage, so do not use high-nitrogen fertilizers late in the season. Feed with potash to encourage strong growth.

Protecting from Snow

A covering of snow on hedges, shrubs, and trees is potentially damaging, since snow will weigh down stems. The greatest danger is from snow that has partly thawed and then frozen again.

Protecting trees

Protect trees that have dense branch structures, such as conifers, by tying the branches together with galvanized wire.

Protecting hedges Clip hedges so that their upper surfaces slope. This will prevent snow from settling on them and causing them to lose their shape.

Protecting from Heat

Excessive heat can be damaging to plants at all stages of growth. High temperatures can cause too much moisture loss, scorching, poor nutrient uptake, and wilting. Temperatures that fluctuate are potentially more damaging than those that are consistently too high.

Preventing Wilting

Vulnerability Protect young plants, as well as any that have been transplanted recently. These are particularly prone to damage from wilting.

Using a flower pot

Protect a small, vulnerable plant with a temporary sun shield such as a flower pot. Position the pot early in the day, before temperatures start to rise. Choose as large a pot as possible so that air can circulate inside it.

Keeping Temperatures Down in a Greenhouse

Controlling Pests; Maintaining humidity Spider mites thrive in hot, dry environments. Damp a greenhouse down regularly to maintain high humidity and deter these pests.

Damping down; Reduce greenhouse temperatures in very hot weather by wetting the floor with water several times a day. This will increase the humidity and lower the overall temperature. Avoid splashing the plants, since this may cause scorching.

Keeping Air Fresh

Ventilation; Be sure that there is good ventilation in a greenhouse. Install blinds or use paint-on shading to reduce high temperatures and the scorching effect of bright light.

Protecting from Wind and Pollution

Within any garden, plants need to be protected from a wide range of potential problems. Some, such as strong winds, occur naturally. Others, such as pollution, result from industry and automobiles. Take steps to minimize the effects of some of these problems.

Preventing Damage

  • Exposed areas Permeable windbreaks are suitable for large, exposed areas. Erect them around the affected area, and secure them with stakes.
  • Wind tunnels Wind rushes through gaps between buildings. When siting a new shed or greenhouse, do not create a wind tunnel by putting it too close to another building.
  • Suitable plants Choose plants that suit the conditions. Plants with small, thick, or waxy leaves are more resistant to wind than those with thin, delicate, or large leaves.

Making a Windbreak

Using netting Young plants are especially prone to damage from strong winds. Protect susceptible plants with a temporary windbreak made from netting or burlap secured with stakes.

Building a Barrier

Using a hedge A garden near a busy road is exposed to high pollution levels. Help keep excessive lead out by erecting a barrier of panel fencing. Plant with a pollution- tolerant hedge such as privet.

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