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Frost coming how to protect the deck flowers?

Post in 'DIY and General non-hearth advice' started by xman23, May 11, 2013.

  1. xman23

    xman23 Minister of Fire

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    The weather says 32 and frost Sunday and Monday nights. We have a deck full of summer flowers. We are not here during the week, so my plan. Drape a 2 Mil clear plastic from the deck railing to a table. This will create a space 8' x 6' and 4' high. It can be open or closed on the sides? The deck is 8' off the ground. Put all the plants under it for 5 days.

    What do you Gardner's think, will this be enough to protect the plants?
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  2. nate379

    nate379 Guest

    Put old blankets over them.
  3. semipro

    semipro Minister of Fire

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    You can string incandescent christmas lights thought them and cover with plastic.
  4. xman23

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    Blankets, we have to leave them covered 5 days. Kind of recall plastic over them is a cold frame thing. Only thing it's not on the ground. I like the idea of lights to take the chill off.
  5. BrotherBart

    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    Plant guy on the radio here is saying cardboard box over night and off in the morning or old sheer drape material over them. Seems it is the same as the fabric sold professionally for it.
  6. Backwoods Savage

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    I wonder if we could find boxes large enough to cover our fruit trees?
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  7. osagebow

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    Sounds good if your deck is getting a lot of sun. What kind of plants /have they been hardened off will be the real variable I think.
  8. lukem

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    Covered all my stuff in burlap tonight.

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