GEORGE COUNTY, MS (WLOX) – It was a busy day at Ole Grady's nursery in George County. With the mercury falling into the mid to lower 20's overnight, this business needs a lot of protection from the elements.
Workers covered tender vegetation with special material. The sprinklers were turned on one last time to give the plants a much needed drink before the freeze comes. The more vulnerable flowers and tropical plants were placed in heated greenhouses.
Co-owner Baylon Hyatt checked out the work one last time. He felt confident the plants will weather the chilly storm. "Overall, I think we're pretty good, the pipes, every pipe here has to be drained anytime we get below freezing, we go ahead and drain everything we have, tonight is definitely the exception." Hyatt said. "We will be draining everything here to make sure we're not working on pipes tomorrow."
Protecting the plants and trees from the onslaught of bitter cold temperatures is not an easy job. In fact, it takes hours and hours of effort, but Hyatt said it's well worth it. "It hurts us sometimes to come out here and work and do this work and then we not get 25 degrees, but it's better to be safe than sorry."
Inside, it was much warmer. That's were Amy Hyatt works in helping to run the business. Protecting this investment is a labor of love, and tradition. "This is a family operated business since 1988 and I was raised up in this business and my parents started this business and I give them the credit for it, but we just try and keep it going so it's kind of all I really know."
What the Hyatt's also know is that preparation now means a much greener spring in south Mississippi.
The Hyatts will uncover the plants and resume watering once the overnight temperatures climb above 35 degrees.