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Frost Protection

When grown in containers, even the hardiest plants can be killed by prolonged frost freezing their root system. If it is not possible to plant container grown or rootballed trees/shrubs out beforehand, bring the plants into a shed, garage or area of your garden sheltered from the wind.

They should then be grouped together and insulated with straw, bracken or other dry material during a severe freezing spell lasting more than a day.

Modern fleece materials are very useful for protecting delicate plants. Also wigwams of Christmas tree branches around a plant, with their stiff needles also afford excellent winter protection. Finally straw and bracken are relatively easy to obtain and can provide good insulation in cold winters.

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