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Protecting Plants from Cold Weather?

How do I protect my plants that are coming up because of the unusably warm weather we have been having in Jefferson County, West Virginia?

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January 30, 20120 found this helpful

People here in South Dakota are having the same problem. I have no idea what they are doing. I do know I heard some comments about if it snowed, before getting cold the plants would be OK. We did get four inches of snow, but I don't know if it got cold first. I don't pay that much attention to the weather, just get cranky when we get winter weather. lol We have even had some trees that were budding out a couple weeks ago.

Now this week it is supposed to get up to the forties, maybe fifties again. It has been a real strange winter. If you are talking about low growing plants, you could take old blankets and cover them. If you are talking about actual trees, I don't think there is much you can do.

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It will be interesting to see what happens with the trees that have started budding out here. A couple weeks ago, I heard reports of day lilies coming up, lilac trees budding, etc.

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You put them in a shade and give them plenty of water and keep on checking on them.

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The main thing is to protect them from frost. Keep an eye on the weather report for frost warnings in your area, or cover them at night just for safety. For single plants you could mound them over with soil, or cut the bottom off of plastic bottles and use them like a cloche. For beds of plants you can buy rolls of special garden fleece, spread hay, or even cover them with old bedsheets.

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