The first hard freeze of the season will likely happen overnight in parts of the state. University of Nebraska Extension Educator John Fech says if you have outdoor plants you have two options. First is to cover them well with a sheet or blanket. He says make sure you secure the ends with rocks so they don’t blow away. You also may want to put a support up the center so you don’t break the branches from the weight of the covering.
The other option is to bring potted plants indoors. Fech says this is your best option for saving those plants. He says things like herbs and geraniums will be just fine indoors during the winter. The same goes for ferns and other indoor plants you place outside during the summer months.
Fech says, “Definitely newly planted trees, you need to water those and make sure the soil stays moist, not soggy or dry.. The same thing goes for newly planted seed or sod. Something that was recently sodded, if that dries out then it will be toast and you don’t want that.” Fech says after watering don’t forget to disconnect the hose from the faucet as the water inside could freeze and damage your plumbing. Make sure to contact your sprinkler system company as well and have them blown out to prevent damage.
Even though leaves have been falling tonight’s freeze will speed that process. Fech says you will have to do something with all those leaves. He says you can put them in your compost pile or run over them with a mulcher mower. He says that is an excellent way to put nutrients back into the lawn.