Frost and pests are key challenges for gardeners. If you are unsure on how to protect plants from frost and pests please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our gardening experts for answers to any questions you may have.
A common question we get is, how do you protect plants from frost? Frost damage to plants is preventable and using a range of winter plant protection products can help mitigate the harm frost can have. 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 with a Horticultural Frost Fleece
For frost, make sure you use a high-quality, heavy duty horticultural fleece for plant protection over winter, also known as a garden fleece. They are 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 garden fleece is frost proof and double the thickness of most frost fleece, providing protection against lower temperatures. The frost fleece acts as a plant protection cover that can be placed around palms and other non-hardy plants to keep plants warm in winter. In spring you can also use this frost blanket as a tree cover for protecting the buds on your fruit trees. Find your perfect agricultural fleece today.
If you are looking for plant covers for winter, our plant fleece jackets are useful for protecting plants in pots from frost damage. Our plant jacket is extra thick but still allows moisture and air to permeate so that plants remain healthy whilst still being protected from frost and cold all through the winter. Find the perfect plant pot cover for your needs today.
Take a look at our Frost Garden Protection Fleece and Veg Tunnel. Not only will they protect outdoor plants from frost but during the summer months they diffuse strong sunlight to prevent your plants from being scorched and is permeable enough to allow sunlight, air and moisture to maintain healthy growth.
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
- A Frost Fleece is very useful for plants that are trained against walls or growing in the open ground.
- Cloches are useful garden plant covers you place over your 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 horticultural fleece roll.
- Protect palms by wrapping the trucks in layers of garden fleece roll and by tying their leaves into bunches, to protect their crowns.
When frost is forecast, invest in some winter covers for your outdoor plants. By covering your plants, it retains soil heat and moisture and protects them against strong winds, which can hasten drying and cooling.
Protecting Plants from Common Pests
For pests keep plants free from fallen leaves and remove slugs and snails by hand - but sometimes you need a little bit of a helping hand. Natural garden pest control methods are less harmful to your garden wildlife and won’t harm the creatures who feed on pests. Rather than causing them harm or pain, these methods simply deter pests from the desired area and send them elsewhere to feed.
Protect your prized plants from slugs, snails, aphids and other garden pests with our essentials including organic slug pellets, sticky traps and insect plant protection netting. Why not try attracting some natural predators to your garden, greenhouse and polytunnel & they’ll repay you by preying on aphids, red spider mite & moth eggs.
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.
There’s been an increase in slugs, particularly giant Spanish slugs known as Arion Flagellus. 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 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 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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