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Freezing temperatures threaten early spring planting

Many of us probably got an early jump on spring planting, spending a lot of money to beautify our yards. (Photo source: WLOX) Many of us probably got an early jump on spring planting, spending a lot of money to beautify our yards. (Photo source: WLOX)
There are things you can do to protect your plants from the cold. (Photo source: WLOX) There are things you can do to protect your plants from the cold. (Photo source: WLOX)
SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) -

There is no doubt many of us enjoyed the unusually mild winter. Many of us probably got an early jump on spring planting, spending a lot of money to beautify our yards.

Now, Mother Nature is throwing a nasty curve ball at us in the form of a late freeze. Much of South Mississippi is under a freeze warning for Thursday.

Even on the immediate coast, temperatures are expected to dip down into the low to mid 30s, but there are things you can do to protect your plants.

First, bring all your tropical plants indoors. If that's not possible, cover them with a blanket.

Other pieces of advice from gardening experts include watering the plants so the roots will freeze first. Putting down additional mulch in your garden beds will also help keep the ground a bit warmer.

As surprising as it may sound, the brisk winds we are feeling right now actually help protect the plants by preventing ice crystals from forming, but the winds can also dry out your plants, which makes watering them even more important.

The only saving grace about the late freeze is that it's expected to be short-lived, only lasting a day. Because of that, plants that do suffer damage should be able to bounce back.

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