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Green thumbers beware: freeze is coming


Recent warm temperature have definitely gardeners on the South Plains a dose of Spring Fever. But before you get too excited, remember another freeze is on the way.

Cindy Sparkman with Sparkman's Nursery says people are ready to plant.

"Everyone has been in the mood and has had spring fever for about the past month. They're buying a bit of everything - a lot of trees, some shrubs and as much color as we will let them have," Sparkman says.

Temperatures are expected to drop below freezing Sunday and Monday morning. So when you bundle up to head outside, remember to do the same to your plants.

"Water is the absolute first thing. If they haven't had any water and we're going to have a hard freeze, water insulates them," Sparkman says.

Another key element is covering up your plants. Sparkman recommends gardeners use weed cloth -a sheet or a piece of plastic to cover plants the night before the freeze is expected. However, remember to remove the plastic when temperatures warm up to prevent burning. Blossoming fruit trees need to be sprayed with a shielding chemical 12 to 24 hours before temperatures drop.

"Tender annuals and tender vegetables shouldn't be out yet. Petunias, inpatients, Begonias don't need to be out unless you cover them," Sparkman said.

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