by Lee Wyatt
(last updated December 26, 2014)
Unless you live somewhere that is especially hot, then chances are you have heard a frost warning once or twice on the evening news. But what does frost do to plants exactly, and how does it affect them? If frost is a part of the natural cycle of the world, how could it possibly be bad? These questions may seem a little silly, but they are ones that I have heard time and again (most recently from my children who are starting to get interested in gardening).
Simply put, frost will affect plants in two ways; first, by freezing and rupturing the cells in the plant tissue, and second by freezing the soil which could possibly interfere with the water supply going to the plant roots. Because of these two ways that frost can damage the plants in your garden or landscape, frost is probably one of the most damaging and problematical aspects of weather. That being said, there are some methods that you can use to help protect your plants from the frost.
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