Cover Your Niblest and Other Things Ahead of First Frost Tonight
It's not even officially fall yet. We still have four days of summer left, but there's a frost warning for these parts for overnight into Sarturday morning.
The National Weather Service Bureau says these counties: Kalamazoo and Calhoun, Allegan, Barry, Van Buren and Jackson along with Oceana, Isabella, Muskegon, Montcalm, Gratiot, Ottawa, Kent, Ionia, Clinton, Eaton and Ingham, could see frost. The NWS says "Frost could kill sensitive outdoor vegetation if left uncovered.
According to a Michigan gardening website, this possible frost in the overnight is maybe a few days earlier than normal. Their charts shows September 22nd and 23rd is about average, but it's a little later closer to the lake in South Have, where a week into October is more the norm.
According to Bob Vila's website, there are nine things to do ahead of the frost tonight:
1. Bring in your container plants.
2. Clear out your summer vegetable garden.
3. Plant any new trees or shrubs. This is the best time to do it.
4. Weed. (As in weed your garden)
5. This goes back to the headline above. Cover your niblets. According to Vila, "Certain plants, such as azaleas, rhododendrons, and smaller evergreens, benefit from being protected from freezing conditions. Add mulch around the roots of sensitive plants to insulate them and help them retain moisture. A well-hydrated plant is in a better position to withstand cold temperatures, so water regularly."
6. There are more hardcore gardening things to do like fertilizing, spreading mulch and things like that do.
7. And the last thing Vila mentions, is draining your water lines, likes hoses and sprinkler systems. And though it isn't specifically mentioned, if you have a gas powered mower, burn the gas down to empty, or/or use an additive extender product like "Stay-bil".