If you’re a keen gardener like me, there’s nothing new about protecting your garden. If it isn’t slugs eating away at your lettuces, it’s harsh frosts killing off those freshly-planted flowers.
Spring can often be the trickiest time of year for gardeners. With the weather getting noticeably warmer, but still with the distinct possibility of overnight frosts, it’s a critical time for flowers. Spring is a crucial point in their development, as certain varieties begin to bud, however, with the weather we experience in the UK, just about anything is possible.
The British gardener needs to be ever vigilant and ready for anything. Even a weekend spent away from home could be the death knell for your plants and flowers if certain precautions aren’t undertaken.
Spring, of course, is notable for some real red letter days in the gardening calendar. The pinnacle being the Chelsea Flower Show, with hundreds of professional gardeners showing off the fruits of their labours.
Even if your ambitions aren’t quite so lofty, from the smallest vegetable patch to the most luxurious landscaped garden, protection is key.
Protecting from frost & pests
If you don’t have the luxury of a naturally-sheltered garden, covering your plants is by far and away the best method of keeping overnight frosts at bay. You are ideally looking at retaining some of the scant warmth from the daytime as insulation for your plants and flowers.
But it’s not just harsh weather conditions you need to protect them from. If, like me, you have birds nesting nearby, you’ll know just how much of a pest they can be when it comes to your plants and flowers - and even your car! They can certainly ravage your seedlings and shoots, leaving your plans for a beautiful summer display in tatters.
So here are some top tips on keeping your plants protected:
- Keep a close eye on weather forecasts - you will need to prepare at least 2-3 days in advance of any predicted frost
- Cover your flowers before nightfall - this ensures any warmth is retained
- Remove cover the next day - providing the temperature rises back above freezing
- Make sure your covers are sufficiently strong - so that birds can’t peck through
When it comes to covering your plants and flowers, many gardeners use what are called cloches. These are usually covers for plants that can be designed to fit over just one plant, or whole planted areas. However, the more traditional methods are being supplanted by new means and materials.
Modern protection for your garden
Our Scaffold Debris Netting product was originally designed to cover and protect scaffolding on building sites and property renovation projects, but gardeners up and down the UK have been turning to this quality product for a very different use.
Featuring an incredibly strong woven material, this debris netting is ideal for use in protecting plants, as birds and other pests will find it nigh on impossible to penetrate. Simply stake down over the top of your plants and cover with polythene sheeting for superb protection from both animals and frost.
So whether you’re a budding Alan Titchmarsh, or new to horticulture, we can help you keep things looking blooming lovely.Next post: How much time and money do you waste on costly remedial work?
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