Happy New Year! Here are some tips to help you prepare for the freeze that is kicking off our New Year!
- Disconnect outdoor hoses, drain and store in protected area.
- Wrap exposed faucets and pipes, including those outside the house or in unheated crawl spaces, attics, garages and other areas.
- If you have a pool, besides keeping the pump running, make sure all the valves are open as well.
- Cover your plants with a frost cloth. It lets the plant breathe, but also holds a lot of heat. If you can’t find a frost cloth, a sheet or a blanket works well. Just make sure the material allows your plants to breathe and that it isn’t just sitting on top of the plants. You want to wrap it around and below the plant so no wind enters.
- Spread at least two to three inches of mulch to protect the roots of plants and trees. Buchanan says you might get frost damage on top of the plant, but if the roots are protected then the roots can come back in the spring.
- Use water on plants. It goes against common sense, but watering your plants actually protects them from the cold. Buchanan says the water in the ground is going to keep the roots from getting frost damage.
- You should also avoid some common mistakes: Don’t cover plants with plastic. Don’t cut back dead-looking parts of plants after a cold spell.
Hopefully this post helps you prepare your home for the coming days. Stay warm!
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