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Keeping plants alive during frigid weather

Whether you spend all year cultivating your garden or keep a few potted plants on your porch, there are some steps to take to protect them when it gets cold. / Mary Green

Whether you spend all year cultivating your garden or keep a few potted plants on your porch, there are some steps to take to protect them when it gets cold.

The UGA Extension Office in Dougherty County said the best thing to do is bring your plants inside, but if you can't do that, try to get them as close together as possible.

Then they recommend letting your sprinklers run because the water will freeze and act as insulation against the cold.

You can also cover them with cardboard, sheets or towels, including the pot or container, but don't cover them with plastic.

"It would get too hot, especially if you leave it in the morning as the temperature rises, it would get too hot inside for the plant," County Extension Agent/Coordinator James Morgan said.

Morgan added that you can also help your plants by watering them ahead of a freeze and by spreading mulch around their roots.

He said some of the more delicate plants, like pansies and snapdragons, are more at-risk during this time.

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