Frost Advisories in Michigan: 5 Essential Tips for Gardeners
You've heard the warnings. Frost advisory in Michigan. What does that mean for your garden? What will happen if you leave your plants exposed? Will all of your early planting effort go to waste? Fret not, here are some tips to help you sleep better, and your plants survive the cold night.
Stay on Top of Michigan Weather
The key to protecting your home garden is to keep an ear out for frost/freeze advisories. Check the weather often so you know when to take action.
Get Under the Covers
When you know there's a frost coming, find a breathable fabric or even old bedsheets to cover your freshly planted garden. The ground will maintain a higher temperature and your plants will stay protected from the incoming freeze. Remember this isn't a fashion show, so don't overdo it with the decorative sheets. Use patio furniture, sawhorses, or whatever is handy to prop up the covering so they don't lay on your fragile plants.
Mulch is Your Friend
Having a layer of mulch around the base of your plants is great insulation. It also helps to regulate the soil temperature. Mulch also gives your garden a nice 'pop' and adds some rustic charm.
Location, Location, Location
If you can move your plants into your home or garage, do it. The easiest way to protect your growing flowers and potted plants is to remove them from the danger a frost presents.
Satisfy Their Thirst Early
Make sure you water your plants before the frost arrives. A watered plant holds warmth better than when it's dry. Let the moist soil act as a natural blanket for your plant's roots. Do not water on the evening of a frost advisory, try to water early in the day.
If Michigan weather is one thing, it's unpredictable. Take precautions as needed when it turns and you, and your garden, will make it through these frosty nights together.