Freeze Alert!

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.

 

Bob in Ukiah hopes everyone (and their homes!) stay warm and safe this holiday season!

Bob in Ukiah hopes everyone (and their homes!) stays safe and warm this holiday season!

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