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Cold Weather Plant Protection Strategies

Cold Weather Plant Protection Strategies

As it does every year, it is time again for the temperature to dramatically drop off. There are lots of wintery nights ahead with possible freezes and frosts. You, your home, and your garden might endure many intense storms and consistently cold temperatures that could bring greenery to its knees. Some homeowners worry about the safety of their plants and landscaping during times like these. But, with our cold weather plant protection strategies, your plants will stay safe while you remain warm in the comfort of your home.

Our Four Plant Protection Strategies

With fall passing, cold weather finally threatens to come in with frosts and freezes. During these cold spells of dropped temperatures, few plants thrive, but many plants—especially annuals—can die when facing the first freeze of the year. If this concerns you, read on to discover the strategies that Chorbie deploys to protect your plants.

In fact, there are several ways to protect live plants from cold events to make sure that they remain in safety and relative comfort. Keep in mind that it isn’t just the initial drop in temperature that harms plans. It’s also true that much of the detriment to plant health comes from staying cold for long periods. Protect your plants at risk in these cold and harsh temperatures by following these simple steps.


  • Watering is key to the survival of your plants as they withstand and endure the elements, acting as an insulator against the cold. You may not know that plant cells are really filled with water, making them more effective at defending against damaging cold temperatures and aiding in plant protection.
  • Moist soil left behind after watering tends to stay warmer for longer in comparison to completely dry soil. In this light, you can see that watering before an incoming freeze can surprisingly benefit your lawn.


  • You can cover your plants with special, frost cloths or row covers, bed sheets, burlap, and plastic. By doing this, you can protect the tender shoots and fruits from frosts. It also keeps in heat from the soil sitting nearby the plants, greatly benefiting plant protection during cold weather.
  • If you choose plastic sheets, keep them from making contact with foliage or fruit since the cold will penetrate the plastic and burn the plant with freezing temperatures. Also, when covering your plants, mind that the wind cannot blow away the covering, removing the coverings when temperatures rise.


  • Additionally, you can use mulch to assist in keeping your plants warm while fighting frost damage. Mulching in the winter can be particularly helpful for preventing wild fluctuations in temperature.
  • At the same time, it keeps very cold temperatures from reaching your plants, making a big difference in many cases between lively health and death.


  • If you have fruits and vegetables in your garden, know that they will ripen in the warmth of your home. Harvesting them early will reduce the chance they are intensely affected by dropping temperatures.
  • This works for tomatoes, tomatillos, apples, peaches, plums, pears, and more. Please the harvested fruit in a paper bag and keep them in a dark, cool place. They will soon be ripe after you check on them a few times.

Protect Your Plants With Chorbie

Cold weather may slow us down from time to time. However, it definitely isn’t going to stop you from growing a beautiful, lush landscape and protecting it in the winter. Finding the right help with this annual project is simply a phone call away with Chorbie, experts in-home services. Contact Chorbie for professional help with your winter landscape so you can take on the cold, endure alongside your plants, and greet the spring at the end of it all.

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