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Protection in Wiltshire

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 Wiltshire and shop online for all your gardening needs, including the best plant protection Wiltshire 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 Wiltshire

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.

Acres Supply

Bay Tree Farm, Corsley , Nr Warminster
Warminster, BA12 7PP

Allington Plants & Garden Shop

Allington Bar Farm Allington
Chippenham, SN14 6LJ

Argyle Garden Supplies

Argyle Commercial Centre
Cirencester Way, SN2 8AR

Avonfield gardens

The Nursery, Marsh Road
Hilperton, BA14 7PL

B&Q Devizes

Hambleton Avenue
Devizes, SN10 2SD

B&Q Salisbury

Southampton Road
Salisbury, SP1 2LE

B&Q Swindon

Great Western Way
Swindon, SN2 2DJ

B&Q Trowbridge

171 Bradley Road
Trowbridge, BA14 0RQ

Barters Plant Centre

Chapmanslade
Westbury, BA13 4AL

Blue Diamond Wilton House Garden Centre

2 Wilton Estate
Salisbury, SP2 0BJ

Bratton Plant Centre

Fitzroy Farm Bratton
WESTBURY, BA13 4RP

Courtens Garden Centre

Romsey Road, Whiteparish
Salisbury, SP5 2SD

Downside Nurseries

143 Upper Westwood
Bradford on Avon, BA15 2DE

Flowerland Garden Centre

Netherhampton
Salisbury, SP2 8PR

Foxley Road Nurseries

Foxley Road
Malmesbury, SN16 0JQ

Greatfield Nurseries

Greatfield
Swindon, SN4 8EQ

Heale Gardens & Plant Centre

Heale House, Middle Woodford
Salisbury, SP4 6NT

Homebase Chippenham

Hathaway Retail Park
Chippenham, SN15 1JG

Homebase Salisbury

Southampton Rd
Salisbury, SP1 2LB

Homebase Swindon Bridgemead

Paddington Drive
Swindon, SN5 7YW

Homebase Swindon Drakes Way

Drakes Way
Swindon, SN3 3LF

Homebase Swindon Orbital

Thamesdown Drive
Swindon, SN25 4AN

Horitco Nursery

Pinkney Park, Sherston
Malmesbury, SN16 0NX

John Toomer Garden & Pet Centre

31 Stone Lane, Lydiard Millicent
Swindon, SN5 3LD

Kevin Hughes Plants

Heale Garden
Middle Woodford, SP4 6NT

Lakeside Garden Centre

Crockerton
Warminster, BA12 8AP

Landford, A Wyvale Garden Centre

Southampton Road, Landford, Wiltshire
Salisbury, SP5 2BE

Malmesbury Garden Centre

Crudwell Road
Malmesbury, SN16 9JL

Manor Garden Centre

Cheney Manor Industrial Estate
Swindon, SN2 2QJ

Meadowgate Nursery

Brokerswood
Westbury, BA13 4EG

Midge Hall Nurseries

Midgehall
Swindon, SN4 8ER

New Forest Lavender

Giles Lane
Salisbury, SP5 2BG

Old Milestone Nursery

The Old Milestone Nursery, Melksham Road
Trowbridge, BA14 6QT

Pet & Garden Centre

1 Camdale Pde Cricklade Rd
Swindon, SN2 6AH

Porton Garden Aquatic & Pets

Porton
Salisbury, SP4 0LA

Row Farm Nursery

Chapmanslade
Westbury, BA13 4AB

Salisbury, A Wyevale Garden Centre

Netherhampton Road, Netherhampton
Salisbury, SP2 8PR

SCATS Countrystores Devizes

Nursteed Trading Estate, Mill Road
Devizes, SN10 3EW

SCATS Countrystores Salisbury

Churchfields Road
Salisbury, SP2 7PP

Shaw Trust Palmer Gardens

Islington
Trowbridge, BA14 8QJ

Studley Grange Garden Centre

Hay Lane
Near Wroughton, SN4 9QT

Suochez Nurseries

86 Britford Lane
Salisbury, SP2 8AJ

Swindon Garden Centre

The Salad Bowl, Hyde Road
Swindon, SN2 7SE

The Lawn Store

The Bays Shaftesbury Road Barford St. Martin
Salisbury, SP3 4BL

The Walled Garden Nursery

Newleaze Cottages
Chippenham, SN15 5DF

Townsends Garden Centre

27 Bath Road
Devizes, SN10 2BB

Trowbridge Garden Centre

288 Frome Road
Trowbridge - Wiltshire, BA14 ODT

Westdale Nurseries

Holt Road
Bradford-on-Avon, BA15 1TS

Whitehall Garden Centre

Corsham Road, Lacock
Chippenham, SN15 2LZ

Wickes Chippenham

Unit 1
Chippenham, Sn14 6Nf

Wickes Salisbury

Bourne Retail Park
Sailsbury, Sp1 2Qq

Wickes Swindon Extra

57 Gypsy Lane
Swindon, Sn2 8Dh

Wickes Trowbridge

Unit 10 Canal Road Ind Est
Trowbridge, Ba14 8Rn

Wilkinson Chippenham

31/33 High Street
Chippenham, SN15 3EY

Wilkinson Devizes

8-12 High Street
Devizes, SN10 1AT

Wilkinson Swindon

Fleet Street
Swindon, SN1 1RA

Wilkinson Trowbridge

Castle Place Shopping Centre
Trowbridge, BA14 8AL

Woodborough Garden Centre

Nursery Farm
Woodborough - Wiltshire, SN9 5PF

Woodspring Fuchsia Nursery

Weston Lane
Salisbury, SP5 1RQ