First Frost Right On Time

It felt like just yesterday…80s and sunshine, the beaches and barbecues, but this is the time things change. The days are getting shorter, the nights longer, and for the first time in many months, many people awoke this Monday morning to a frosty start.

Doreen Converse, “I love it…I love the change of the seasons and that’s why I live in the northeast.”

While some are ready, others just loathe the cooler weather.

Johnny from East Hampton, “I went outside and my windows were all frosted up. It was too cold.”

A lot of people woke up to an icy glaze on their plants and flowers outside this morning but what causes this to happen?

In order for frost to form, it takes very specific weather ingredients.  Clear skies, calm winds, and high pressure right over us give us the highest chance for the temperature to quickly cool below freezing and form frost.

But why is it so harmful to plants? Well plants are predominantly made of water.

Susan Hourihan of Pine Ledge Gardens: So if the water freezes, that’s what a light frost could do to the leaves or the flowers…they will freeze with the water and that will kill the tissue of the plant.

Frost is like a fine layer of ice, and that ice is the damaging effect on your plants and flowers. As we head into the cooler season, vegetation naturally acclimates to the changes of the season, but random cold nights below freezing does shock the plants and can damage or even kill them.  

Our average first frost in the northwest hills is October 6th but you want to extend the life of your vegetation…so you need to keep them nice and cosy.

Susan Hourihan of Pine Ledge Gardens: Blanketing the flowers with anything, whether it be mulch or straw or fabric or plastic will help prevent that. You just want to try to keep that coldness off of them.

We’ve got a whole list of tips to extend the growing season on WXedge. CLICK HERE to see them.

Check in with me on Twitter/Facebook as we head into the cooler fall season!

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