Cherokee County is all over the board with weather alerts today. From a fire warning to the unwanted freeze advisories coming tonight.
Because the spring temperatures sprang upon us earlier than normal, most gardeners took advantange of the opportunity and brightened their homes with many colorful plants.
Pike Nurseries offers these tips to protect your plants tonight with the changing temperatures:
- Cover plants and flowers with a frost cloth or a sheet. (Garden frost cloths can be found at Pike Nurseries locations).
- Remove the frost cloth first in the morning; otherwise, the sun will trap in heat and cause more damage.
- Water, water, water! Water the garden and containers before a hard freeze and again after the freeze. The added moisture will allow the plants to tolerate the cold and bounce back to life.
- Don’t worry if plants are droopy the day after a deep freeze. Give them time and they’ll usually spring back.
- Adding a layer of mulch to gardens helps regulate the temperature and keep plants moist. Cover gardens with a 1-2 inch layer of mulch.
- Plants in containers can be grouped closely together on a porch or patio, or moved to a protected area.