We r expecting a hard freeze(20), what’s the best material etc to cover flowering bushes & plants???

Question by Wheezy6725: We r expecting a hard freeze(20), what’s the best material etc to cover flowering bushes & plants???
Hello to all, I have Lilac bushes, one is bout 3 yrs old, the other has only had one blooming season, very small! both are very healthy, have lots of greenery with buds blooming on the larger one!!! Also an Azalea bush in bloom!!! All else is 3-4 year small spring flowers, lots of Daffodils, no tulips, haven’t come up or aren’t going to!!! Several canna bulbs and several varity of Hostas!!!
We live in the southeast corner of Ohio(Ohio Valley)50 miles east of down town Cincinnati therefore are weather is very unpredictable!!! We are expecting a hard freeze starting tomorrow night 30 low & with lows in the low 20’s until next Monday or Tuesday 4/4 thru 4/10!!! What is the best cover I can use to protect them??? Thank you………Alice aka Wheezy

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Answer by lilabner
In Idaho I used to use old sheets to cover in a freeze–often it is a scare and the sheets will do the trick–If it really gets that cold you just wait for them to come back and they will.

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4 Responses to “We r expecting a hard freeze(20), what’s the best material etc to cover flowering bushes & plants???”

  1. won2many says:

    Plastic tarps or sheet plastic at home centers. Large sheet plastic is easily cut to size. Plastic flower pots for smaller plants.

  2. noonecanne says:

    Lilacs and daffodils will be fine without covering. The hosta plants should be fine too. I don’t know about azaleas though. I can’t grow them here. The cannas, if they are just bulbs in ground they are also safe. I’m not sure if they need cover if they have new growth though. Good luck!

  3. hughmongolloyd says:

    Wheezy,
    We’re in Marietta, so your cold weather is comin’ our way!! Never use plastic! It traps the cold and will harm your plants. Paper bags will do over small plants, but I’m in agreement with an earlier post . . . Sheets. Everyone has them (I think) and their size is great for beds or larger shrubs.

    Stay warm!!

  4. omgsteve@sbcglobal.net says:

    I’m sorry I don’t have any answers for you but I’m needing the same advice could you please let me know what you find out also Thanks Steve

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