Everyone thinks about how the heat affects plants in the desert…but how many of us consider the effects of frost-damage to our desert plants? This time of year is a good time to consider how to protect our frost-tender plants from freezing when the temperature dips below 32 degrees F.
When the temperature drops you can do several things to help ensure that your frost-tender plants and trees do not freeze. Cover canopies of trees with a coverings made specifically to cover plants and trees. You can buy these covers from your local nursery, cialis usa Ace Hardware or other home improvement store. They are available at this time of the year and you can find them in the garden department. It is also a good idea to cover the base of your tree at the ground level of the trunk. This offers additional protection of roots and can help if you are unable to cover your tree canopy. Plants and trees should be covered before the sun goes down to gather the sunlight heat from the day and to offer a slightly warmer temperature under the cover than would otherwise be available if the plant is covered after sunset. Leave the cover on until the temperature warms in the morning.
Another thing you can do to protect trees is adding a light under your plant’s protective covering. Keep the light away from the trunk of trees because they can burn the trunk. Also, ensure that the light does not touch the covering because light bulbs can get hot and burn material. And, always make sure that your plants and trees are watered properly to avoid having the plant become stressed. Stressed vegetation is more susceptible to frost damage.
If your plants or trees do become frost damaged, wait until the early spring to cut off the frost-damaged branches and leaves. The outer damaged areas offer some protection to tender inner branches and help the plant avoid further frost damage.
Keep your plants safe this winter and have a very happy holiday!
Deborah Munoz-Chacon, Owner & Certified Arborist