Tips for protecting your plants when temperatures fall

Posted at: 04/10/2013 6:24 PM
Updated at: 04/10/2013 6:25 PM
By: Joseph Lynch, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Temperatures will be hovering around freezing tonight in the Albuquerque Metro area. In many parts of New Mexico it will freeze. So if you planted early, No need to panic. If you can, bring them in. You might want to at least cover them up.

"I don't want to see people’s good money go to the trash because it froze," is what Rick Hobson of Jericho Nursery is saying.

That's exactly what could happen to some of the stuff that's already been put in the ground. Hobson tells his clients, "What do you mean IF it freezes? Listen, when it freezes again you're going to need to protect things like peppers, and basil, and tomatoes and marigolds."

Some people can't help themselves. At the first sign of spring they want to get going on their lawns. But it's still a bit too early for some things, according to Hobson.  

"There's a number of things that can be put out; trees and shrubs are fine. Perennials are fine. If it's a tender annual or if it's got lush new growth. that growth is going to freeze off tonight.”

Many of the things people have planted need to be covered. And whatever you do…

"Don't use plastic. Use an old bed sheet and put some stakes in the ground so that the bed sheet doesn't set directly on the plants and smash them. Anything should help a minor frost like we're expected tonight."

Hobson from Jericho has a recommended garden planting guide for the Albuquerque area. You can find the guide here.