Protecting plants from frigid temperatures

Published: Jan. 3, 2012 at 12:46 PM CST|Updated: Jan. 31, 2012 at 7:46 AM CST
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HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - With overnight temperatures dropping below freezing in the Tennessee Valley, how do you protect your plants?

Start with a cover up. Experts say, just like people, plants need an extra blanket during cold winter nights. You can buy frost cloths, which trap heat and let sunlight through. Sheets will also work.

But plastic will not protect your plants, according to landscapers. The plastic can actually freeze and burn the foliage.

Move potted plants inside or in the garage. Even if it's not heated, experts say the garage will protect the plants from the frost.

Potted plants will also stay warm enough if they're near a pool. The pool will give off heat throughout the night.

If you have any palms, landscapers say you should wrap the bulb. If the bulb freezes, the entire palm will die.

Finally, be sure to water your plants well during the winter. A well-irrigated plant will withstand the cold better than a thirsty one.

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