Gardening tips: How to protect plants from frost and prevent damage


There are many essential gardening tasks to do in May, and further protecting your plants from late frosts is one of them. Fortunately, gardeners can take many steps to ensure that their plants won’t be damaged by frost.

However, the RHS has listed ways in which gardeners can prevent their plants from being damaged by frost.

A simple tip is to choose plants that are reliable and suitable for all weather conditions.

When sowing plant seeds, be sure to avoid places where frost is most likely to develop – choose warm, sunny spots, such as against a south-facing wall.

In the spring, when frost is still present, cover your plants with a double layer of horticultural fleece or other suitable material.

The frost usually passes at the end of May in the south of England and in June everywhere else in the UK.

If your plants are damaged by frost, there are ways to deal with it.

If no more frost is expected, prune the damaged growth, cutting it into an intact side shoot or bud.

After pruning, the RHS recommended applying a top dressing of general purpose fertilizer, such as Growmore, to encourage strong regrowth.

Finally, the ERS stressed the importance of not giving up on a plant damaged by frost.

He said: “Many plants can be surprisingly resilient and can very well rejuvenate from dormant buds at or below ground level.”


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