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How cold weather is impacting flowers

The weather has been so up and down in the past few weeks and recently we've seen the coldest temperatures of the season. It's easy to bundle up with blankets, sweaters, and boots but it's not so easy for your plants to stay safe.

Gary Hegner who's the Parks Deputy Director for the City of Augusta says there's no real way of telling what our plants can endure until it actually happens. And because the weather is so sporadic he has some tips for folks hoping to avoid the "cold snap" damaging plants.

"Don't use plastic, use something that's insulating like burlap to cover and drape it over your plants," he says.

He even suggests using old Christmas lights to cover them overnight because it helps seal warmth inside. This creates a little form of sunlight for your plants and usually it only takes one or two degrees to make a big difference.

As for grass, to wipe away frost in the morning, right at sunrise cut on the sprinklers for 5 to 10 minutes per zone.

Hegner pointed to several different forms of azaleas while we were at Pendleton King Park. 

"These flowers you see now like these gorgeous azaleas something like what you'd see at Augusta National during the Masters."

Several people are also wondering if the freezing temperatures will damage the azaleas seen at Augusta National, but like Hegner says we won't know until later.

"We likely have seen the worst of the cold last night and this morning. It's unlikely that many hardy shrubs and trees will die but they may experience leaf kill and some tip die-back. Lawns will be fine but greening up quickly will take more time."

He also says to remember when it warms back up  flowers you see blooming now are a month or so early. Normal planting time for summer veggies is in the middle of April. With flowers comes pollen and then bees so be mindful pollen season is a lot earlier as well.

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