Uh Oh! Freeze Warning!
Silly Colorado, May is for spring! If you read through this email and still have additional questions, please feel free to reach out! Your most susceptible plants are warm season annuals, herbs and vegetables. Bring those indoors if you can. Newly planted perennials, trees and shrubs, fruit tree blossoms and new fruit will be susceptible to frost damage, but should recover over the course of the season.

Call (970) 484-5022 or email Tsummers@bathgardencenter.com

Vegetables, Blooming Bulbs and Annuals
Bring annual containers indoors when temperatures get below 40 degrees. If we see a bout of weather that dips below freezing, it is a good idea to bring all container planters inside. If you have plants in the ground that can't be moved, cover them with frost cloth, supported by a frame (tomato cage, lumber, etc.) that won't smash plants into the ground. Secure the fabric to the ground with rocks or landscape staples.

You can also use buckets or containers that don't have holes. If your containers have holes, just cover the holes with tape.

Insulate Sprinkler Vacuum Breaker
If you've turned on your sprinklers, don't forget to wrap the back flow valve with a heavy blanket, secure it with duct tape and cover that with a trash bag. If you are lacking certain materials, get creative. You can wrap the back flow valve and piping with insulation material and cover the entire top with a small wastebasket to keep snow off of the equipment.  It's an expensive part we're sure you don't want to replace! Plus,  don't forget to disconnect your hoses.
frost cloth
Insulate Trees and Shrubs
Do your best to cover the entirety of the tree especially if it is newly planted, meaning from the top of the canopy to the ground. Fruit trees only have a short time to set blooms. Do your best to protect the buds from freezing to ensure they survive. Bottom line, if you can cover items that cannot be moved inside, do it.
  • Frost cloth will trap rising ground heat. It's slightly porous so the tree can breathe, and it stays flexible when wet. Many people use bed sheets, but be aware they absorb water and may freeze.
  • Don't use plastic. 
  • Place something that holds heat around the base of the tree: large jugs of hot water, rocks, bricks, whatever you can imagine.
  • Knock heavy snow off branches, but keep in mind a little bit of snow is good insulation. 

Get Creative!
Do what you can!  If you can bring plants indoors, do it. Do your best to cover as much immobile plant material as you can. Cover plants with frost cloth and cover with picnic tables, trash cans, any kind of material that can act as a frame so that your plants won't get crushed by heavy snow. Use rocks, tent stakes, staples, anything you can to secure frost cloth to the ground if you don't have landscape staples. We will be getting in Aquawraps/Walls-O'-Water tomorrow. They can protect plants from temperatures as low as 12 degrees and wind as fast as 40 MPH.
Bath Power Equipment
Do You Live in the High Mountains?
We carry top-of-the-line snow throwers and chainsaws to help you battle the elements! 
If you need to repair or pick up parts for existing equipment, we can help with that too!
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