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How to prep your spring blooms for overnight freeze

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POSTED: Monday, March 25, 2013 - 6:33pm

UPDATED: Monday, March 25, 2013 - 6:40pm

Spring has sprung, technically.

But in true Texas fashion, another freeze is squeezing itself into the forecast for Monday night.

It's just in time to potentially ruin all of your new blooms.

James Wilhite with Wilhite Landscaping and Lawn Care says when plants are young and tender, they are particularly sensitive.

Those are the ones we need to be cautious of.

The best way to do that is cover them.

"Lay a plant down and cover so it goes all the way to ground, so the  ground heat has a chance to rise inside the cover and warm the plant," Wilhite said. "That's the real key to surviving a cold spell."

Use freeze fabric or a cloth sheet, and staple or anchor it to the ground.

House Nursery in Tyler is doing it with their azaleas, making sure the freeze doesn't affect their business.

"The frost is what damages the flowers," said Delma House. "I'm ready for spring to get here!"

There's one little problem for some of the homes in the Azalea District, like Guy and Joan Pyron's.

"We really just have too many to try to protect," Guy Pyron said. "I think it would look worse with all the blankets than a few frozen blooms actually."

Wilhite says don't cover your plants with plastic unless you have to.

In that case, make sure you uncover them as soon as we get back above that freezing mark.

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