Quick tips to prep for freezing temperatures - WNEM TV 5

Quick tips to prep for freezing temperatures

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With the mercury expected to drop Monday night, the folks at Whitfill Nursery in Phoenix aren't taking any chances.

"Here we're looking at some bougainvillea and you can see they've gotten a little cold already," said Whitfill Nursery spokesman Brian Blake.

Blake told CBS 5 you should cover tropical plants, flowers and vegetables like peppers and tomatoes with frost cloth. If you don't have any, a sheet or even burlap will work. Just don't use anything plastic.

"The bigger the area you cover, the better. The second probably most important part is making sure you anchor your covers on the sides to make sure they don't blow off in case we have a little breeze," said Blake.

If your plants are dry it's good to water them. Wet plants take longer to freeze.

"Keep in mind things that are elevated don't get as cold as things down on the ground. The lower the plant is, the more likely it will be to burn," said Blake.

Plants aren't the only things that are going to need a blanket. Bring your pets inside or make sure they've got a place to get out of the cold.

CBS 5 meteorologist Chris Dunn said it won't get cold enough Monday to worry about dripping the faucets inside your home. But you should head outside and disconnect any hoses that are attached to the house to prevent damage.

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