KENTWOOD, Mich. (WOOD) - The hard freeze for most of West Michigan Monday morning is putting some plant life at risk -- but there are some things gardeners can do to protect their investments.
"Vegetable garden that's just been planted, or if you recently planted some annuals -- those things would need to be covered tonight," Autumn Horrocks of Horrocks Market in Kentwood explained Sunday.
She said it's important to act now and that the typical gardener can prepare with things they have at home. The most practical protection is to use a cover.
"You always want to use a fabric versus plastic. Plastic is not going to help. It's actually going to make the situation worse," Horrocks said.
She said gardeners should create a sort of tent using a bar to keep the frost cloth from crushing the plants. The cloth should be pulled all the way to the ground and then sealed with something on either side to protect the plants.
"You want to do that before the sun goes down to help trap some of the warmth inside," Horrocks said.
Another option is to repeatedly apply water over the plants throughout the duration of the freeze, but that could mean a sleepless night.
"That will just keep the core temperature up just a little, but hopefully enough to keep things from freezing," Horrocks said.
Potted planters have the easiest option: Simply bring the plants inside.
The big mistake is risking it. Freeze damage doesn't take long.
"It can happen pretty quickly. An hour. Half an hour, even," Horrocks said.
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