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Protect your plants before freezing temps come this weekend

Protect your plants before freezing temps come this weekend
Posted at 10:11 PM, Oct 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-08 23:11:04-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — It's that time of year. Summer is over and you can begin to feel the winter cold coming. The first freeze is even expected by Saturday morning.

Still, you can save some of your summer annuals for a few more weeks, if you cover them up.

"Well your summer annuals, if they're still going strong right now, I'd suggest covering them up with a cloth or sheet, bed sheet, towel, whatever works,” says Melissa Bussell, a Mulhalls employee.

Melissa Bussell with Mulhalls says covering up those plants is an important step at night, but you can still show them off in the daytime for the time being.

"During the day, we're pretty much fine here, it gets pretty warm and anything like our fall annual, mums, peppers, pansies, those ones are going to be fine for right now,” says Bussell.

Many customers have come up to her recently, curious if they can keep their houseplants outside much longer.

"What do I do with my houseplants, houseplants we recommend getting them inside as soon as possible,” says Bussell.

For those heartier plants, they can brave the cold a bit more. She says for better or worse, sometimes their colors will change.

"You'll see a lot of browning within the petals of the flowers, but that's mainly only mums and pansies.” "Peppers, kale, those guys are going to stay fine. Actually their color will increase with the coldness, so like Kale, that'll become more a deep purple. I love that,” says Bussell.

She also says this is the perfect time of year to plant trees and shrubs.