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How to Protect Plants From Freezing Temperatures

Watch more Gardening Tips videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Protect your plants from freezing temperatures with these steps. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Consider location Grow plants near the southwest side of your home to maximize evening winter sun. Step 2: Water before first freeze Water your plants before the first freeze. When frost is in the forecast, water your plants in the morning so they're not wet as night approaches. Step 3: Add mulch Add 2 inches of mulch around the base of the plants. Common mulches are straw, leaves, and bark. Tip Adding mulch reduces water loss and protects your plants from freezing temperatures. Remove the mulch in the spring. Step 4: Cover shrubs Cover your evergreen shrubs with burlap or a fabric that breathes, since plants need air circulation. Tip If possible, keep the cloth from coming in contact with the plants. Step 5: Cover at sunset Cover your plants just when the sun is going down. Remove the covers when the sun comes up and temperatures rise above freezing. Step 6: Block wind Block frigid winds that can damage your plants with hardy trees and shrubs, or by installing a fence. Did You Know? The General Sherman tree located in the Sequoia National Park in California is the world's single largest living organism.
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