Frost & Pest Control

Protect plants from damaging frosts & crop munching pests with our essentials from extra thick horticultural fleeces to organic slug control pellets.

It is important to protect plants from frost. Frost causes the water in plant cells to freeze, damaging the cell wall, matters are even worse when plants face the morning sun as this causes them to defrost quickly, rupturing their cell walls.

When plants are damaged by frost they look limp and blackened. Evergreen plants will turn brown and the leaves of tender plants may appear translucent. Even hardy plants and tough evergreens can be damaged by prolonged severe cold when soil becomes frozen. This is because the roots are unable to take up water and the plants die from lack of moisture.

Minimising frost damage

Horticultural fleece, also known as garden fleece is particularly useful for protecting shrubs and fruit trees from frost and for warming soil in raised beds and veg plots ahead of sowing seeds or planting. Our heavy duty frost fleece is double the thickness of most frost fleece, providing protection against lower temperatures. Place frost fleece around palms and other non-hardy plants. In spring also protect the buds on fruit trees with horticultural frost fleece.

Plant fleece jackets are useful for protecting plants in pots from frost damage. Our plant fleece jackets are extra thick but still allow moisture and air to permeate so that plants remain healthy although they are protected from frost and cold all through the winter.

Take a look at our Frost Protection Fleece and Veg Tunnel. Not only will they protect your plants from frost but during the summer months diffuses strong sunlight to prevent your plants from being scorched and is permeable enough to allow sunlight, air and moisture to maintain healthy growth.

Try to minimise the damaging effects of frost on your plants:

  • Choose sheltered spots for tender plants, large trees and walls can provide some heat and protection from frost and bitter winds during the winter.
  • Don’t prune the old growth of tender plants in late autumn or winter. This will help to protect the central crown of the plant and take the brunt of any frost damage
  • Frost Fleece is very useful for plants that are trained against walls or growing in the open ground.
  • Cloches are useful for placing over plants.
  • Place mulch around the bases of evergreen plants.
  • Grow tender plants in pots so that they can be moved indoors.
  • Protect the crowns of ferns and insulate their trunks by wrapping them in layers of fleece.
  • Protect palms by wrapping the trucks in layers of frost fleece and by tying their leaves into bunches, to protect their crowns.

When frost is forecast covering your plants retains soil heat and moisture and protects them against strong winds, which can hasten drying and cooling.

Protect your prized plants from troublesome pests with our handy pest control and crop protection range. We’ve got Insect sticky traps and Insect Mesh Netting to keep those insects away and our Organic Slug Pelletsto stop slugs in their tracks whilst nourishing your soil.

There’s been an increase in slugs, particularly giant Spanish slugs known as Arion Flageullus.If you want these pesky slugs to go and munch somewhere else then try Slug Gone Organic Slug pellets. An effective deterrent to stop slugs in their tracks, made from British Wool. Slug Gone is also perfect for organic gardeners as it contains no harmful chemicals and is safe for animals to form a barrier around your veg plots and garden borders.

The slug pellets expand when wet to form a felt like blanket like barrier which won’t wash away. This then deters the slugs by pulling the slime off the slug’s foot so the slugs have to go off and find easier feeding elsewhere. The wool fibre’s fine scales. Small barbs and abrasive particles make the pellets gritty, forming an abrasive and irritating barrier that slugs won’t cross.

Control common garden pests and weather proof your garden or plot with our plant protection essentials. From Organic Slug Control Pellets to Plant Protection Covers and Temperature Control Essentials.

Protecting Plants From Common Pests

Protect your favourite plants from troublesome pests and unpredicable weather with our plant protection essentials. Why not try attracting some natural predators to your garden, greenhouse and polytunnel & they’ll repay you by preying on aphids, thrips, red spider mite & moth eggs. Our Insect sticky traps and Insect Mesh Netting will keep those insects away and our Organic Slug Pellets to stop slugs in their tracks whilst nourishing your soil. 

Our habitats such as the Ladybird and Lacewing Log and Bee and Bug House are designed to make your garden or veg plot attractive to these beneficial insects. Investing in a wildlife habitat for the ladybirds, lacewings, bumblebees and butterflies which frequent your garden will reap dividends in the long run. There'll be less forking out on sprays, traps and other pest control products and no more creeping round the garden after dark on a slug hunt, as your pest-guzzling friends, grateful for their des-res, will do the dirty work for you.

Attracting ladybirds and lacewing to your garden or veg plot is a highly effective means of protecting against greenfly, aphids, red spider mite and mealy bugs. A lacewing can consume 50 greenfly/aphids every day, a ladybird can eat over 4,000 aphids and lay 1,500 eggs in its lifetime - so it's easy to see how attracting them can control pests!

Heavy rain & warm weather creates the perfect conditions for slugs. Slugs are resistant creatures capable of surviving harsh environments before breeding. If you want these pesky slugs to go and munch somewhere else then try Slug Gone Organic Slug pellets. An effective deterrent to stop slugs in their tracks, made from British Wool. Slug Gone is also perfect for organic gardeners as it contains no harmful chemicals and is safe for animals to form a barrier around your veg plots and garden borders.

The slug pellets expand when wetted to form a felt like blanket like barrier which won’t wash away. This then deters the slugs by pulling the slime off the slug’s foot so the slugs have to go off and find easier feeding elsewhere. The wool fibre’s fine scales. Small barbs and abrasive particles make the pellets gritty, forming an abrasive and irritating barrier that slugs won’t cross.

An added bonus is that the phosphates, potash and nitrate which naturally occur in the wool act as a slow release fertiliser nourishing your soil and the wool acts as a weed suppressing, moisture retaining mulch. This also thwarts off other bugs from laying their eggs at the plant base of plants and the resulting larvae hatching out. The Slug Gone Slug Pellets remain effective for 12 months after wetting, after which they begin to biodegrade and nourish your soil.

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    Growing Dome/Cloche

    £34.95
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    Large Cloche

    £14.90
  • Greenhouse Tubular Heaters - From £28.95

    Thermo Tube Heaters

    Price From: £28.95
  • Slug Gone - Organic Slug Control Pellets - £7.95

    Organic Slug Gone Pellets

    Price From: £7.95
  • Pest & Insect Control Micromesh Net - £17.99

    Insect Netting

    £17.99
  • Fruit & Vegetable Ripening Cover - £14.99

    Ripening Cover

    £14.99

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