Freeze Warning In Effect from 2 am Wednesday to 9 am PST Thursday.
A Freeze Warning means Sub-freezing temperatures are imminent or highly likely. These conditions will kill crops and other sensitive vegetation
Keep your home prepared by having the following in place:
- Sufficient heating fuel. You may become isolated in your home and regular fuel sources may be cut off. Store a good supply of dry, seasoned wood for your fireplace or wood-burning stove.
- Rock salt or more environmentally safe products to melt ice on walkways. Visit theEnvironmental Protection Agency for a complete list of recommended products.
- Insulate pipes with insulation or newspapers and plastic and allow faucets to drip a little during cold weather to avoid freezing. Running water, even at a trickle, helps prevent pipes from freezing.
- Learn how to shut off water valves (in case a pipe bursts).
Don’t forget about your outdoor plants, especially your citrus trees!
- Water the soil thoroughly (except around succulents). Wet soil holds heat better than dry soil, protecting roots and warming air near the soil.
- Drop cloths and plastic sheets make suitable covers for vulnerable plants. Use stakes to keep material, especially plastic, from touching foliage.
- Remove the coverings when temperatures rise the next day.
- For a short cold period, low plantings can be covered with mulch, such as straw or leaf mold. Remove once the danger of frost has passed.
- Place a 100-watt lamp designed for outdoor use in the interior of a small tree. It can emit enough warmth to reduce frost damage. Holiday lights (not the LED type) serve a similar function, but be sure they don’t touch any covering materials.
- Spray an anti-transpirant, available at Friedman’s, on the foliage of cold-sensitive plants to seal in moisture. One application can protect up to three months by coating the leaves with an invisible polymer film.
- Cluster container plants close together and, if possible, in a sheltered spot close to the house.