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Low temperatures once again threaten new plantings

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If you took advantage of the 80-degree weather this weekend to plant some flowers, it may be time to break out the plastic tomorrow night with the threat of a near-freeze.

"Experienced gardeners kind of live by the rule that you wait till Easter to plant, those people were obviously right this year," said Jon Culver of Sweet Pea Garden Shop in Homewood.

Culver just had one of his best Saturdays ever with a flood of gardeners ready to spruce up their yards. But those three-day old plantings could be in trouble Tuesday night with temperatures forecast in the low 30s.

"I've seen it frost at 40 degrees," Culver said. "So whenever I hear about it getting below 40, I will cover my plants."

Culver is bringing in or covering thousands of plants at his shop and advises residents do the same.

"New foliage is real tender to cold weather. So if you've planted young tender plants, the best thing to do is to cover them up the night of the freeze, then make sure to uncover them the next day," Culver said.

One way to make sure your plants are covered but not smothered is to take something that's a little taller than the plants you're covering and put the plastic overtop, then weigh it down. That way your leaves have a little room to breathe, but they're still tucked in nice and tight and out of that cold.

The good news?

"Spring is coming, and once that happens, we'll be safe to plant what we normally plant in this area," Culver said.

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