With freezing (and below freezing) temperatures predicted for this weekend, it’s time to do some preparation work to protect plants, pipes and landscapes. Here are some tips from Texas A&M AgriLife Extension and the American Red Cross: 

  • Make sure the soil around plants (not the plant’s leaves) is moist—water only when temperatures rise above 45 degrees or higher the day before a freeze. 
  • Turn off your irrigation controller or timer to prevent not only damage to your system, but also to prevent icing of driveways/streets. 
  • Leave a small trickle of both hot and cold water coming out of faucets attached to pipes most vulnerable to freezing (those located in attics, crawl spaces and outside walls). 
  • Open sink cabinet doors to allow heat from the home’s heating system to circulate around the pipes. 
  • If you plan to be out of town, set the thermostat to at least 55 degrees.  

More information: www.rdcrss.org/1ObECQV

Protecting Landscapes and Horticultural Crops from Frosts and Feezes (tamu.edu)