Tips for protecting plants in the anticipated cold

Tips for protecting plants in the anticipated cold

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - Residents across the Coast have been taking the necessary steps to protect their homes from the anticipated extreme cold.

Those preparations include getting plants ready to face record-breaking temperatures.

Some of the steps you should take to protect your plants include covering them with a blanket or building a small frame around them covered in plastic. Make sure you don't leave plastic coverings in contact with the plant itself.

The experts at Frasier's Nursery in St. Martin say there are other precautions that can be taken.

"Mulch-heavy is the big thing, because you want to protect the roots in the ground," said Ellen Wilkerson, who works at the nursery. "Because the ground is going to get the coldest. Like I say, most things are going to be evergreen in this area, and people that have the tropicals, they should know that they're going to need to be protected."

Wilkerson also says it's a good idea to bring potted plants into an enclosed area, such as a garage. No matter what, don't trim plants before a freeze.

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