Protecting your plants from frost

Published: Nov. 3, 2021 at 4:12 PM CDT
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PEORIA (25 News) - Central Illinois has seen some frosty mornings this week and as the season turns colder you will need to take some action depending on the type of plants you keep.

If you have tropical, or warm weather plants, bring them inside to somewhere it doesn’t dip below freezing. The ice is what is the killer of those types of plants. By doing that, you should be able to get a little more time out of them.

“Annual plants, pansies, and things like that will tolerate a light frost.” Said Caitlin McLaughlin, horticulturist for Hoerr Nursery in Peoria. She also recommended covering some plants that are sensitive to frost with some sort of cloth.

She recommends using cloth because that will prevent moisture from falling on the plant and freezing, without suffocating the plant. She doesn’t recommend plastic because moisture may freeze under the plastic and could harm the plant underneath.

Evergreens will be okay during the winter months. Caitlin also said that if you want to procrastinate regarding raking your leaves, what may be left, is actually better for your yard than removing them.

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