How to protect plants from frost in the cooler months

Despite the threat for frost, fall is actually the best time to plant

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VIENNA, Ohio (WYTV) – Temperatures are dropping, but it’s still growing season in the Valley. The potential for frost could be a problem when it comes to protecting plants and vegetables.

Frost advisories are issued when temperatures are expected to fall to the lower to middle 30s. Frost can damage or kill sensitive plants and vegetables.

John Hinely, manager at Colonial Gardens in Vienna, says people should be most concerned with annuals and vegetables.

Hinely says mums are hardy enough to survive frost, but potted plants or vegetables should be brought inside.

If that’s not possible, there are still a few other options.

“Cover with an old towel or blanket, do not use plastic,” Hinely recommends. “In the mornings when the temperatures get back up to a nice range, you can take that cover off and they will be fine.”

Many vegetable plants continue to grow in the cooler months, so it’s important to make sure they’re covered.

To cover larger areas, gardeners might want to invest in frost blankets.

Despite the threat for frost, Hinely says fall is actually the best time to plant.

“Start with your mums to accent your areas. What you can do is take your annual plants out that have been there all summer, and replace them with the fall color and the fall mum.”

It’s also a great time to plant trees and shrubs because trees aren’t producing leaves. Most of the energy is directed toward the roots.

Garden centers will often offer great deals on trees and shrubs in the fall because they don’t want to store them for the winter.