How to Prepare Your Landscape for Frost

As surprising as it may seem, the first frost could be just around the corner. The first frost of the season could happen as early as October 10th, which is just over two weeks away. When you've invested time and money into creating a Paradise in your own yard, the last thing you want to happen is for the frost to damage it. Here are a few things you can do to protect your plants from an early frost to keep them lasting longer.

Mulching Plants

Mulch helps to trap the moisture around the plant, as well as protecting against cold weather. Some prefer mulching over cover their plants, and both are fine. Popular mulching materials are straw, pine needles, bark and loosely piled leaves.

Watering Plants

Another way to protect your plants from the colder weather is by watering them a day or two before the frost is expected. Wet soils holds more heat than dry soil. Be sure not not saturate the plants while the temps are too low, it will result in frost heave, and can injure the plants.

Covering Plants

The most popular way to guard against frost is by covering your plants. Most anything will work, such as old blankets, sheets, and even burlap sacks. Drape the plants loosely and secure with stakes, rocks or bricks. Lighter materials can just be draped over the plant, though heavier covers may need propped up with a stake. Make sure to remove the cover when the sun comes out though, to keep your plants from suffocating.

Obviously as winter is looming in the distance, you can't protect your plants forever, but you can help extend their life by protecting them on the especially cold nights. Remember that potted plants should be brought inside when the weather starts to get cold. Another thing to keep in mind is that the Fall is a prime time to create your perfect landscaping at the Lake of the Ozarks. Give the best landscapers at the Lake of the Ozarks a call at 573-964-6515, we can help you create the paradise of your dreams, and provide you with a beautiful yard.

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