Take action before dawn to protect annual plants from frost

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — While we were enjoying some warm spring-like temps just days ago, Tuesday snow arrived in the Valley and local garden experts say an April snow is anticipated.

We caught up with staff at the Applehouse covering their outside plants to preserve them from the frost. They suggest using some sort of fabric to cover your plants, like burlap or even bedsheets, but be sure not to mash your plants.

Ryan Cummins, co-owner of the Apple House, says really the most vulnerable plants and vegetables are summer annuals.

“The coldest temperatures are going to be usually just before or at dawn so if it’s late here(Tuesday) and you’re still watching the T.V., you’ve still got some time if you care to. Now, most plants that are hardy, trees, shrubs, perennials, things like that are going to be just fine. The most that would happen to those kinds of plants would be foilage damage,” Cummins said.

He says using a cloth material to cover your plants also helps keep heat in the ground to preserve them.

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