Gardening Tips for The Big Chill - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

3/27/03

Gardening Tips for The Big Chill

So with the deep freeze on its way, you may want to take some precautions to protect your garden from freeze injury this weekend. We stopped by Sparkman's Nursery this afternoon to talk with the experts about what else you can do to protect your color. They say with just a little effort, you can avoid a lot of damage.

"The best advice I can give anybody right now, with the freeze coming on, is to water. On a lot of tender plants, the top needs to be watered as well as the roots," says Cindy Sparkman, Owner of Sparkman's Nursery. Sparkman says the water insulates the plants.

Here are some additional tips:

  • Pack a lot of mulch around the bottom of your plants. That helps to insulate them.
  • Wait! Cindy Sparkman says although it gets nice for two, three maybe four days at a time, our average last freeze isn't until mid-April. Therefore, the best time to plant is mid to late April, after the last freeze.
  • If you've already planted, or if you have flowers coming up, throw a cloth over them overnight. Just be sure you take it off first thing in the morning. Leaving it on when the temperature warms can do just as much damage as a freeze.
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