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Don't forget to prepare home and garden for cold temperatures

One way to protect your plants is to cover them with burlap covers, which protect them from the cold but allows them to breathe. (Photo source: WLOX) One way to protect your plants is to cover them with burlap covers, which protect them from the cold but allows them to breathe. (Photo source: WLOX)
An inexpensive way to protect your spigots is with this simple foam cover. (Photo source: WLOX) An inexpensive way to protect your spigots is with this simple foam cover. (Photo source: WLOX)
SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) -

Sandra Lawrence, of Woolmarket, is taking a chance. She's planning to get some flowers planted before the cold weather hits, but she has learned some hard lessons and is a little more prepared to protect her interests.

“I'm a widow, and my husband took care of everything before,” Lawrence said. “After he died, I didn't have the knowledge that he did, so last year, I lost a whole lot of plants.”

David Sanzin, front end supervisor at Home Depot in Biloxi, says there are several things you can do to protect those plants.

“If you can, you want to try to bring them indoors, if possible. Other than that, you can try to cover them in burlap or blankets that enables the plant to breathe. You don't want to wrap them in plastic. Another thing you can do is use a heat bulb up to 100 watts. I've even seen people use Christmas lights just to give the plants some warmth. For plants outside, if you have some extra mulch around the house, give it one extra layer,” explained Sanzin.

While your plants are important, so are your pipes. As with anything else, a little money up front will save you big time down the line.

For those exposed pipes, Home Depot's Jim Green suggests a simple, inexpensive spigot cover, insulation wrap and insulation strips to keep warm air inside.

“Last year, we had a customer, he had PVC pipe, which most of us have nowadays, and he was really frustrated with himself for not doing more preventative, because once the freeze was over, he went to turn the water on, nothing happens and next thing you know, he has water all underneath the house,” said Green.

Lesson learned.

“I can guarantee you he now has his pipes insulated,” said Green.

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