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April 15, 2014

Overnight freeze could be trouble for plants

ATHENS — Tonight’s unseasonal freeze could be deadly to plants – even if they are covered, according to Ken Creel, the extension agent for Limestone, Madison and Morgan counties.

The National Weather Service said it will be issuing a freeze warning for tonight.

“If somebody’s already put their stuff out, they could be in trouble,” he said. “Covering those plants will help. It depends on how cold it gets.”

Creel said if the temperature falls below 27 degrees, it may not matter if people cover their plants.

Those who have already planted gardens could run into problems if the temperature stays below freezing for several hours. The temperatures are expected to be at or below freezing by 1-2 a.m. Wednesday through 7 a.m., the weather service said for issuing the freeze warning.

During the day, though, temperatures should rise into the 60s.

For those who haven’t planted or who need to replant, it should be safe, Creel said.

 

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