Wednesday, April 28, 2010

It's Gonna Frost Again - No Worries!

Spring came in at the speed of light and we've been getting almost comfortable with it as each day passes without a hard freeze. We've had a couple of nights with light frosts, but so far no damage. Part of that is due to my use of FreezePruf on some of my more tender plants.

I received a bottle of FreezePruf (made by the Liquid Fence® people) to test last fall, but we'd already entered the period of regular nightly frosts, so I saved it to try this spring.  How does FreezePruf work?

Without going into technical data and biological jargon, you spray it on the foliage of your plants, ideally when the temperatures are above 50° and eight hours before the frost is due to arrive, and it will protect your plants from damage by 9.4°.  That means they should survive temperatures down to 23°, depending on the plant.  Once treated, the protection can last up to six weeks, although you should spray any new growth after the first application.

Last night, we were under a frost/freeze warning and the same is forecast for tonight.  I'll admit, I did cover my tree peonies, which are in full bud, only because it was easy to do so.  But with a garden the size of ours, it's virtually impossible to cover everything that might get nipped by the frost.

I sprayed FreezePruf before the last frost more than a week ago and nothing that was left uncovered suffered a bit of damage.  We got down to 28° that time.  Last night, the thermometer dipped to 29° and once again, no damage.

With FreezePruf providing protection for so long after application, this is really an economical way to save your plants from damage without having to cover things every night and making it look like the blanket fairy threw up on your yard. No more panicking over late frosts! Even better - it's non-toxic.

For more information about how FreezePruf works, visit their website.

The product or merchandise being reviewed in this blog post was the sole compensation for testing and reviewing the product. All opinions expressed here are mine, with no suggestions whatsoever by the manufacturer or distributor. If I like it, I'll say so. If I don't, I'll say that, too.


Gail said...

Gonna get me some of that. We have been lucky, knock on wood, and no surprise freezes.

Becky said...

Where are you? I live in MN and we had spring come early, but I was reluctant to plant due to the potential of frost, but this product would have helped a lot. Thanks for the info!

Kylee Baumle said...

Gail ~ So far, so good here!

Becky ~ I'm in Northwest Ohio, zone 5b. Yes, this product could help extend your zone on either end of the season!

Kate/High Altitude Gardening said...

Well, that's interesting. What's in it? Can it be used in an organic veggie garden?

ChickDigtheDirt said...

I really love freeze pruf too! Good for Seattle where you never know what's going to happen with the weather. And I talked with the creator of freeze pruf and he is such a great guy! Nice to know where it all comes from :)

Susan in the Pink Hat said...

Ditto on Kate's comment; does it pass the organic test?

Kylee Baumle said...

Kate and Susan ~ The website (check the link I have in my post) says it's eco-safe and biodegradable. The active ingredients are polyethylene glycol 8000 2% and gylcerin 0.06%. The remaining ingredients are water, bicyclic oxazolidines, silicic acid, potassium salt, and silicone polyether copolymer.

ChickDigTheDirt ~ That's cool that you've talked to the creator of FreezePruf! Spring and fall weather here can be so unpredictable, too!

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