Overwintering your plants is incredibly important. Even hardy specimens can sometimes fall to killing frosts
Nottingham (PRWEB UK) 15 January 2013
So far the UK has been relatively snow free. Apart from a few chillier southern locations the country instead experienced torrential rainfall nationwide, as the 8,000 damaged homes and hundreds of evacuees can testify. Though predictions now expect a cold snap to hit mid-way through January and possibly endure for quite some time, based on the recent years’ trend of extreme and lengthy weather fronts continues.
Despite a temperate season so far, gardeners will be looking to overwinter their plants in the next few weeks to take advantage of the above-freezing temperatures while they last. Against this backdrop, Bonnington Plastics, a Nottingham-based wholesaler of gardening and outdoors equipment, are advising retailers on the best way to utilise the company’s products to protect plants over the winter period.
A customer service representative from the company outlined the uses of their products, and the benefits they would pose to consumers. “Overwintering your plants is incredibly important. Even hardy specimens can sometimes fall to unexpected killing frosts, and depending on how much consumers want to invest there are plenty of solutions available to them. We provide sprays to defend leaves against frost and insects, or weed control meshes to lay under paving slabs and gravel, stopping weeds from growing altogether. Obviously it’s important to defend plants against wind and freezing, so warming bags are available for shrubs. Some plants are too weak to carry insulation, so wire netting and bamboo canes are perfect for those cases where consumers must build insulation themselves”.
Setting up homemade plants insulation is a relatively painless process easily completed on a budget. For trees too large for warming bags, they can have bubble wrap, straw or other insulators wrapped around them, before securing the material with wire or netting. For more delicate plants this may stress the trunk too far, so a support system must be made. Arrange and tie bamboo canes in a cylindrical cage or cone structure, then force the building into the ground. Fill the bamboo cage with bubble wrap, straw, or any other light and appropriate loose. Again, wrap the structure in some form of wiring to protect against wind. To avoid rotting of the straw some gardeners then place a warming bag over the sturdy structure to defend against rain.
Bonnington Plastics are Nottingham-based wholesalers, and have been supplying retailers nationwide with a wide variety of gardening products and outdoors equipment since they formed in 1967. Through their range of garden products Bonnington Plastics can ensure retailers are able to meet the varied needs of their customers, keeping them and their gardens secure the whole year round.