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Frost Advisory May Be Issued For Tonight: Sunday, Sept. 23

Gardeners, take note: It may be time to break out the burlap sacks.

 

Temperatures may dip into the lower to mid-30s tonight: Sunday, Sept. 23, according to the National Weather Service.

The conditions are suitable for the formation of frost for tonight and Monday but, the NWS reports, lake effect cloud cover may keep the temperature above the frost level temperature.

Check back with Woodbury resident Erik Grudzien's website containing information from the weather station in his backyard.

If frost occurs, here are some tips from the Gardening Know How website on how to protect plants from frost damage.

  • Cover your plants and flowers with old blankets, sheets or burlap sacks. Drape the covering loosely and secure it with stakes, rocks or bricks, especially with the high winds forecasted for this evening.
  • Remove the covers once the sun comes out the following morning; otherwise, the plants may suffocate.
  • Water your plants a day or two before the frost is expected. Wet soil holds more heat than dry soil. Don't saturate the plants while the temperatures are extremely low, otherwise frost heave occurs. Light watering in the evening hours, before temperatures drop, will help raise humidity levels and reduce frost damage, according to Gardening Know How.
  • Mulch helps lock in moisture and holds in heat when the temperatures drop.
  • Raised beds also help protect plants against frost damage.

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