Protecting Your Spring Blooms from Freezing Temperatures

What a difference a day makes! Yesterday I was weeding in the hot sun with temperatures over 70 degrees. Today, the temperatures kept getting colder as the winds blew in.  There’s currently a mix of rain and snow. It looks like the weather forecast for Asheville and western North Carolina may be accurate.

You can protect your most highly prized plants by covering them with either freeze blankets or bed sheets. Secure the edges of the blankets or sheets with rocks, bricks or landscape staples so that the winds can’t blow your protection off of your plants. Pillow cases can be used over smaller shrubs and trees and secured around the base of the plant. You will need to remove these coverings during the day or open them to allow air circulation to prevent the rising day temperatures from burning your plants.  Although  this isn’t practical to do for your entire landscape, it’s a very effective way to prevent or minimize cold damage to your most vulnerable plants, especially from the cold winds. Select the most important and expensive plants, such as Japanese Maples and shrubs that may be flowering or have tender new growth emerging.

It’s also a good time to create a floral arrangement with some of your flowers from bulbs, such as tulips and daffodils, and flowering shrubs. At least you’ll be able to enjoy them in your home. 

If you see damage on your plants, be patient. Don’t start pruning until after giving the plant a chance to recover and see the real extent of the damage.

I’m hopeful that we won’t have much damage and will be experiencing warm weather the beauty of spring here in the mountains of North Carolina in just a few days.

Happy Spring!

Terri Long Landscape Design, Inc.

Enriching Your Life with Natural Beauty


Asheville, North Carolina

2 thoughts on “Protecting Your Spring Blooms from Freezing Temperatures

  1. Cindi Probst

    I use a combination of frost blankets and bedsheets – and a large assortment of sturdy clips and half bricks. Inexpensive bedsheets can be found at Wal-Mart (only $3 for a twin flat sheet)and they can be sewn together for one large cover. Frost blankets can be ordered (in advance, of course!) from Park Seed Co. in 6 x 30 feet or 35 x 35 feet sizes. It looks like gauze but it really works! It can be a challenge draping it during high winds. I buy bricks from Lowe’s to weight the edges and crack them in half – or use the plentiful rocks from my yard. The trick is to have everything on hand when you need it. It’s a pain to go through all the trouble required to protect plants as well as drying the fabric after it’s pulled up – but it’s a pleasure seeing your perennials and shrubs looking healthy when they could be dead from a bad freeze.

  2. Terri

    Cindi, thanks for including the details. I know that you’ve had great success in protecting your plants.

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