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Are you a concerned plant parent? What you need to know this Arctic blast week

Texas A&M Forest Services
Posted at 7:16 PM, Feb 12, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-12 21:18:28-05

BRAZOS VALLEY, TX — On Feb 12, the Texas A&M Forest Service took to their official Twitter, sharing tips, so plant parents all across Brazos Valley can prep ahead for this Arctic blast weekend.

"These measures can help protect your plants, but it’s worth remembering that our native forests have adapted to our temperate environment over millions of years." the organization wrote in part.

So, what can you do to protect your baby... greens?

According to A&M's Forest Service, the following tips may be just the trick you need!

Tip #1: Be selective in your plant protective coverings

Indeed, while some of us may be looking at our old rag pile this winter weather weekend. Officials recommend caution, stating, while old sheets and towels may absorb rain moisture or snow... they can also weigh down the plant so much, it'll crush them.

Taking citrus trees, for example, one may choose to wrap them in "frost cloth" or another lightweight, yet still breathable material. However, plant parents take caution, as this only offers about 7-8 added degrees.

Tip #2: Mulch, mulch, mulch!

A&M's Forest Service recommends insulating your trees, and plants, with mulch! Stating, since Spring is such a standard time to reapply mulch in Texas, you might as well do it now.

Tip #3: Potted plants mean family, and family means nobody gets 'leaf' behind.

With harsher weather ahead, it's important to remember to bring all your potted plants inside. Furthermore, it should be noted that even hardier trees, and plants, are still susceptible to root freeze if they’re not completely underground.

At the end of the day, like any kinda parent out there... sometimes, all you can do is worry. However, 'springing' forward, Texas A&M Forest Service closed, with the following comforting note:

"Most of them should be largely unaffected – it's the smaller, younger, and non-native plants that need our help!"