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killing frost

noun
1.
the occurrence of temperatures cold enough to kill all but the hardiest vegetation, especially the last such occurrence in spring and the first in fall, events that limit the agricultural growing season.
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  • From midsummer until killing frost, the little daisies are a constant delight.
  • Light frost has been reported in many regions, but farmers are waiting for a strong killing frost to help dry crops down.
  • Even after its leaves drop about the time of the first killing frost, shrub lespedeza is still effective as a conservation plant.
  • Commercial dahlia growers were pleased that a killing frost did not bring an end to brisk cut flower sales.
  • It is recommended that you burn a wildflower prairie in the fall after a killing frost sets the plants into dormancy.
  • Organic vegetable growers were pleased that their crops have not had a killing frost yet.
  • Without high mountain ranges within its boundaries killing frost is essentially unknown.
  • The first killing frost usually marks the end of treatment for the season.

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