Protecting plants from spring freeze

Pictured: Cal Brints, owner of Apple Country Orchard
Pictured: Cal Brints, owner of Apple Country Orchard

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - For one local South Plains orchard, freezing temperatures this late in spring isn't bad news for business.

Cal Brints, owner of Apple Country Orchard in Idalou, said that because a freeze last spring caused his trees to not produce, they are overproducing this season.

The freeze will kill some of the buds that Brints said he would have had to thin anyway. If he did not thin his trees, he said it is likely they would not even blossom next spring.

However, Brints said the freeze will affect garden crops with tender tissue, such as tomatoes or peppers. To protect these plants, he said to cover them with plastic or blankets. Another method is to wet down the plants, or heavy-water the roots.

He also knows methods to ensure tree blossoms stay heated.

"We have people in this area that will protect their trees," Brints said, "particularly their fruit trees, by stringing the large bulb Christmas tree lights in the trees, and where you have the bulb burning, in these areas of the branch where you have fruit, you'll tend to save that fruit."

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