Most all Fort Worth, Texas gardeners need winter protection for their hanging baskets. The DFW area climate zone is one that does have short freezing periods that are damaging to certain plants in hanging baskets. Bringing hanging baskets inside everytime the temperature drops can be a pain and time consuming. Provide extra warmth for your hanging baskets and minimize that moving effort with with recycled materials found around your home, garage, garden shed or workroom.
What You’ll Need:
- Recycled household materials for liners
- Sharp scissors
- Potting tools and material
Check around your house for those hanging baskets that need liners for winter protection. Most plants from the nursery do not have liners so they will need some protection.
Locate basket liner materials from around your home or purchase from store. Select several potential liners for winter protection of your hanging baskets. Alternating materials placed together in thin layers will work as protection from the cold much as it does for humans who have to venture out on freezing days.
- Pieces of wool from an old sweater is good.
- Canvas from shopping bags no longer needed will help.
- Old newspapers or blank news print from sketching pads are also good.
- Liners of a variey of fiberous materials and sizes are available from nursery and home stores.
- Thin bubble wrap material from packaging can be used too.
Remove plants from basket, install new winter protection for hanging baskets. Start with canvas shopping bag on outside next to container sides. Trim canvas to fit just inside the hanging basket. Add layer of thin bubble wrap on inside next to canvas. Then add wool liner pieces. Finish off with newspapers next to plant root ball. Liner layeers for winter protection for hanging baskets should be thin so as not to distract from the aesthetics of the planting. If you think it necessary, add the final layer as a fibrous liner like the nursery or home store sells so that it is immediately adjacent to your plant roots.
Punch or cut drainage holes or slots at bottom of winter protection for hanging basket. You can layer the recycled liner materials so they have openings at the bottom of the hanging basket or wait until you have layers made, then cut openings. Try to avoid layer openings with holes cut directly in line so cold air will not have a direct line to plant roots.
Replace plants as necessary for good growth. Add soil if needed and trim plants of dead foliage, stems, or flowers. Rehang in original outside locations. Your baskets should be ok except in extreme extended freeze periods. Always cover the tops of plants as you normally would during lighter cold snaps in Fort Worth.
Tips and Warnings:
- Measure size of basket liners needed before starting.
- Place recycled liner materials close together.
- Maintain drainge holes or slots when building layers.
- Be careful, scissors are sharp.