What Is A Plant Cover?
A plant cover is a type of outdoor furniture that protects plants from frost damage. There are many types of plant covers available on the market today. Some are made out of plastic while others have metal frames or even wood. The main purpose of a plant cover is to keep your indoor plants safe from frost damage during cold weather months such as wintertime in the northern parts of the United States and Canada.
How Does A Plant Cover Work?
Plant covers are usually made out of polyethylene (PE) or polypropylene (PP). These materials are flexible but rigid enough to prevent them from bending under their own weight when placed against the ground. They do not allow moisture to escape easily because they are impervious to water. However, they do tend to absorb some of it if left uncovered all year round. So, depending on the material used, a plant cover will either trap heat or retain warmth.
When placing a plant cover over your plants, you want to make sure that it does not interfere with their growth cycle. You may need to adjust its position regularly so that it doesn’t get too hot or too cold.
Can You Use A Plant Cover All Year Round?
Plant covers can actually be used all year round. However, there are some precautions that you need to take. For instance, they may prevent sunlight from entering a plant during the winter months. As a result, the plant growth may be stunted or even die off completely if the temperature remains consistently low.
The sun’s rays can be harmful to your plants in wintertime. This is because it can still cause damage even when it is not particularly cold outside.
You may need to protect the plant from it by wrapping it in a thick, white fabric or placing it in a sheltered location.
How To Pick A Plant Cover?
A good plant cover should:
Be made out of durable materials such as a heavy-duty vinyl or plastic.
Have a fine weave to allow sunlight and water to pass through.
Be light enough to move around easily.
How To Use A Plant Cover?
A plant cover is incredibly easy to use. You just need to place it over your plant. As long as it is placed correctly, your plants will remain safe from frost and other elements.
How To Protect Perennials In Winter?
Perennials are plants that live more than two years. They are usually hardy plants that can survive in a wide range of temperatures. As such, they can be grown outdoors during the winter months in the northern parts of the United States and Canada. However, you should always check to see if a perennial is frost tender before growing it outdoors.
When growing perennials outdoors during winter, here are some tips you can use to protect them:
Plant them in well-draining soil to allow cold air to flow through.
Space the plants far enough apart so that the cold air can flow between them.
Cover the plants with a heavy blanket if there is a risk of a heavy frost. You can also place a cloche over the plant, but this may cause the plant’s growth to slow down during the day.
You should also pay attention to the moisture levels of the soil and water them daily (if necessary) during dry spells.
What Is A Cloche?
A cloche is a bell-like plastic frame that you place over plants to protect them from frost and too much moisture. They are great for protecting young seedlings or very small plants because they raise the temperature near the ground. This gives the plant the heat it needs to grow without being damaged by freezing temperatures.
What Is Mulch?
Mulch is an insulating material that you place over the soil of your plants to retain moisture and keep the roots warm. It also stops the weeds from growing and keeps the soil from eroding. There are many different types of mulch available such as:
Newspaper – You lay sheets of newspaper over the soil and weigh them down with small stones.
Shredded bark – This is what most people use for mulch. It is cheap to buy and easy to place over the soil.
Hay – This can work well as a mulch, but it is more suitable for practical than ornamental gardens.
Gravel – This works well for raised beds because it helps to keep the soil in place.
Wood chips – These are more suitable to use on pathways than over soil because they can make the soil stagnate.
What Are Some Tips To Growing Jasmine?
Jasmine is a climbing plant that can create a wonderful scent for your garden, but it is incredibly easy to kill. The best way to grow this resilient plant is to treat it like a baby: give it just enough water and nourishment to keep it alive, but not enough to make it thrive. After the jasmine has been growing in the same place for a year or two, then you can start to give it a little bit more food and water.
Some other tips to growing this plant include:
Place the jasmine in a warm, sheltered spot in partial shade.
The soil should be well draining and contain a lot of organic matter.
The soil should be kept moist, but avoid water logging which can cause root rot.
Plant it in spring or late winter. If you plant it in summer or early winter, then keep it inside for a month before placing it outside.
Do not prune the plant in fall or winter. Prune it in late winter, once all risk of frost has passed.
Deadhead flowers as they pass their peak to encourage more blooms.
Jasmine can reach heights of 15 feet or more, so make sure you have enough room for it! It will also attract a variety of bees and butterflies to your garden!
How To Care For Outdoor Plants In Winter
As the winter months arrive, there are a few things you need to think about to care for your outdoor plants. There are some that will need to come inside before the cold sets in, others that can survive a light frost and some that are hardy enough to live through a winter snowstorm.
Before winter arrives, check on your garden and see which plants are at risk of dying due to the cold. There are a few things you can do to care for them if they are in danger.
Check The Hardiness Zone For Your Area
The first thing you need to do is find out what your hardiness zone is. This tells you how cold it gets in your area and which plants will thrive, which ones can handle light frost and which ones will not survive the winter.
You can find your zone by entering your zip code into this map: Hardiness Zone Finder.
Once you have this information, you know which plants need to be brought inside, which ones can just handle a light frost and which ones can brave the cold.
Bring Plants Indoors
If you have plants that need to come inside, the best way to care for them is to bring them into a room that is located near a window. The room should be one that stays warm, such as the living room or bedroom.
Make sure the plants get at least 6 hours of sunlight a day.
When bringing in plants that are outdoors all the time, such as petunias or impatiens, be sure to wash them off using lukewarm water and dish soap. Then rinse them with clear water to remove any soapy residue.
This will remove any bugs or pests that may have been on the plant.
If you have brought any plants indoors, you will need to water them much less. This is because the air in the house is drier than the air outside, so the plant won’t need as much water.
Try to keep the soil damp but not soggy wet at all times.
Fertilize them every two weeks using ¼ the strength rate on the bottle.
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Decorative outdoor plant cover by SA McNally – US Patent 6,311,427, 2001 – Google Patents