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Protection in Northamptonshire

After working so hard in your garden to keep your plants healthy, you need to start thinking of how to protect them from frost during the cold weather. Now if you’re dreading having to find all the equipment you need to protect your plants, just relax, because help is at hand in the form of The Garden Centre Guide. The Garden Centre Guide gives you the option to find garden centres in Northamptonshire and shop online for all your gardening needs, including the best plant protection Northamptonshire for your plants. 

When should plants be covered?

It is usually best to start covering plants in late autumn, with some form of protective material. The majority of plants do well when they’re covered, but those that are on the delicate side probably won’t live through winter outside, even with protection, so it’s best to move them indoors. 

Frost usually happens when temperatures are below 1.1 C. The best time to give your plants covered protection is in late autumn, after those few early freezes. This will give leaves time to fall and allow the plant to move naturally into its winter mode. If you cover your plants too early, they might have to go through too many cycles of freezing and thawing, which can be risky. You might not be able to save your plants if they start turning black or their buds and leaves start to get squishy.

It’s a good idea to remove protective covers if long periods of mild weather is forecast and then put back into place when the weather becomes cold again, to avoid sweating and rotting. 

Different types of plant protection Northamptonshire

There are numerous methods of protecting your plants during the winter months, including the following:

  • Thermal blankets – made from white needle-punched polypropylene material, thermal blankets work by letting rain through to your plants, while at the same time keeping in much-needed warmth 
  • Protection covers – lightweight and durable, this breathable material gives plants short-term protection. The cover is prevented from blowing off during high winds by means of a drawstring tied to the bottom of the shrub or plant
  • Fleece jackets – these are great for providing immediate frost protection for your outside plants. Although moisture and air is allowed to flow through the polypropylene fleece, it still keeps plants frost-free
  • Webbing or netting – windbreaks made from webbing or netting is great for protecting weak-stemmed plants from strong winds while allowing air, light and rain to filter through to the plants 
  • Cloches – the strongest cloches are made from Plexiglas or corrugated plastic. You can bend them into an arch shape over the plants and hold it down with metal stakes. Cloches are best for use as a covering for rows of plants or small clusters of low-growing plants
  • Tepees – made from canes of 5 feet or more in length and covered with burlap or some other form of loosely woven material, tepees provide effective protection for single plants. If you feel that more protection is needed, you can wrap straw around the plant before tying the material into place

The Garden Centre Guide is where you’ll find a wide variety of the best plant protection for your plants, including different mulches, which are yet other simple, yet effective plant protection methods, especially for hardy perennials.

Alderton Plant Nursery

Pury Lane
Alderton, NN12 7LW

B&Q Kettering

Meadow Road
Kettering, NN16 8TL

B&Q Northampton

Nene Valley Retail Park, Towcester Road
Northampton, NN1 1BQ

B&Q Wellingborough

Castlefields Retail Park, London Road
Wellingborough, NN8 2DP

Barnsdale Gardens

The Avenue, Exton
Oakham, LE15 8AH

Bell Plantation Garden Centre

Watling Street
Towcester, NN12 6GX

Billing Garden Store

The Causeway Great Billing
Northampton, NN3 9EX

Bliss Lane Nursery

34 Bliss Lane Flore
Northampton, NN7 4LJ

Bosworth's Nurseries and Garden Centre

Finedon Road, Burton Latimer
Kettering, NN15 5QA

Cedar Nurseries

Poplars Farm, Poplars Lane
Northampton, NN6 9SW

Christopher W Warwick

The Nurseries
Northampton, NN7 1HJ

Cramden Nursery

Harborough Road North
Northampton, NN2 8LU

Crick Garden Centre

West Haddon Rd
Crick, NN6 7SQ

Dennetts Garden Centre

Wood Farm, London Road
Daventry, NN11 4ND

Dobbies Garden Centres Harlestone Heath

Harlestone Road
NN5 6UJ, United Kindom

Drywood Nursery

Newport Pagnell Road
Northampton, NN7 2BX

Finedon Garden Centre

Tanns Yard, Podington Irthlingborough Road
Wellingborough, NN9 5EH

Flowercraft Garden Nursery

Roseacre Barn Lane
Milton Malsor, NN7 3AG

Golby's Garden Centre

Tollgate Way, Duston
Northampton, NN5 6ES

Green Lane Garden Centre

Brackley Rd
Towcester, NN12 6JD

Greenfellows Garden Centre

Yelvertoft Rd Crick
Northampton, NN6 7TF

Harlestone Heath Garden Centre

Harlestone Road
Northampton, NN5 6UJ

Hassett Plant Centre

Old Quarry Field, Harborough Road, Harborough Road
Northampton, NN6 9RU

Homebase Daventry

Abby Retail Park Welton Road
Daventry, NN11 4GL

Homebase Northampton Riverside Park

Riverside Business Park
Northampton, NN3 9HU

Homebase Northampton Weedon Road

Weedon Rd
Northampton, NN5 5DE

Homebase Towcester

Old Tiffield Road
Towcester, NN12 6PF

Homebase Wellingborough

Turnells Mill Lane, Victoria Pk
Wellingborough, NN8 2RN

Howitt's Aquatic & Garden Centre

291 Rockingham Road
Corby, NN17 2AE

Ise Garden Centre

Warkton lane
Kettering, NN15 5AA

Northampton Garden Centre

Newport Pagnell Road, Wootton
Northampton, NN4 6HP

Nursery Further Afield

Evenley Road
Brackley, NN13 5YR

Paynes Nurseries

192 Watling Street East
Towcester, NN12 8LB

Plenti-full-Pots

Falcutt Hall Farm, Welsh Lane
Brackley, NN13 5QY

Podington Garden Centre

High Street
Wellingborough, NN29 7HS

Ravensthorpe Nursery

6 East Haddon Road Ravensthorpe
Northampton, NN6 8ES

Roman Way Garden Centre

8 Watling Street
Towcester, NN12 7QN

Seasons Garden Centre

69 Cranford Road
Kettering, NN15 5LZ

Tandee Nursery & Plant Centre

Bamwell Road, Thurning, Oundle
Peterborough, PE8 5RH

The Barn Oundle

Barnwell Road
Oundle, PE8 5PB

The Bell Plantation

Watling Street
Towcester, NN12 6GX

The Garden Shop UK

194 London Road
Kettering, NN15 6DT

Van Hage Peterborough Garden Park

Peterborough Road, Eye
Peterborough, PE1 4YZ

Wellingborough, A Wyevale Garden Centre

Millers Lane
Wellingborough, NN8 2NF

Whilton Locks Garden Store

Whilton Locks
Daventry, NN11 5NH

Wickes Kettering Extra

Northfield Ave
Kettering, Nn16 9Ts

Wickes Northampton

18 Tyne Road
Northampton, Nn5 5Af

Wickes Rushden

Crown Way
Rushden, Nn10 6Bt

Wilkinson Alnwick

6 Lagny Street, Alnwick
Alnwick, NE66 1NJ

Wilkinson Kettering

13/17 NEWLAND STREET
Kettering, NN16 8JH

Wilkinson Northampton

26-28 Gold Street
Northampton, NN1 1RS

Wilkinson Rushden

1 EATON WALK
Rushden, NN10 9SH

Wilkinson Wellingborough

77/80 CORN LANE
Wellingborough, NN8 1EZ

Wilkinson Weston Favell

UNIT 7E, WESTON FAVELL SHOPPING CENTRE
Weston Favell, NN3 9HH

Woodmeadow Garden Centre

Kettering Road
Northampton, NN6 9TD