With growing concern towards Global Warming and Unusual Weather Changing have created havoc among common people across the globe. Current weather forecast of an extended winter across the Europe has already been a matter of concern and it is more significant to keep plants and trees safe in these harsh conditions.
The effects of cold on plantation.
Chill weather during winter in Europe, especially Frost causes a lot of damage to the normal vegetation. It causes the water in plant cells to freeze, partially or completely damaging the cell wall. One can easily spot a frost-beaten plant as they grow limply. These frost-damaged plats appear to be blackened and distorted. Plant colour turns brown and the green leaves take on translucent appearance. Things become uglier for these tender plants, when they face morning sun as it causes quick defrosting and create cracks in cell walls. It’s not that serious for trees, but one cannot ignore that fact that big trees do not affected by this freezing and quick defrosting. Big trees do affected and even severely damaged in this quick change of temperature in air. The parts like roots, flowers, fruits are there to face the winter’s harsh condition as roots are unable to take up water from already frozen soil and trees die from lack of moisture in the soil. There are a number of techniques available to protect plants from frost-biting. Let’s how we can make the best use of these plant saving techniques!
Damage Minimizing Technique
There is famous saying, “Prevention is better than cure!” If you have taken the precautionary measures in protecting your plants, then you can avoid unnecessary and unwanted damages.
• Avoid planting golden or variegated plants that belongs to tender varieties.
• Plants those are reliably hardy in the area where you live is a good choice.
• Ensure that plants with tender flower buds or shoots are not planted in east-facing sites.
• Cold air and frost always descend to the lowest point in a garden so avoid planting tender plants in obvious frost pockets.
Protecting Plants from Frost
The ever-growing number of tender plants on offer may not sustain cold and frozen weather without some form of protection. How you protect your plants from the freezing effects of winter mostly determined by the type of plants and the situation they are grown.
• Tender plants growing in the open ground can be protected with simple, fleece-covered frames or jackets.
• Plants will benefit from a thick layer of mulch around their bases to keep the soil frost-free.
• Tender plants should be grown in pots so that they can be easily moved inside in any adverse condition.
• Protect low-growing plants from wet weather by covering them with a sheet of glass or a cloche and surrounding them with a layer of gravel or grit, to ensure swift drainage.