FORT MYERS, Fla.-- Crews at the Riverland Nursery on Palm Beach Blvd. in Fort Myers expect to move or cover thousands of plants before the colder weather settles in overnight.
A Freeze Warning is effect from 1am to 9am Tuesday morning as overnight lows will drop into mid to upper 30's across much of Southwest Florida overnight with upper 20's possible for portions of DeSoto and Highlands counties including Arcadia and Lake Placid.
A Wind Chill Advisory is in effect through 9am Tuesday morning for Collier, Glades, and Hendry counties as wind chill values may drop into the upper 20's early Tuesday.
Nursery workers encourage you to use a frost sheet or blanket to protect your cold-sensitive plants. But do not use a plastic tarp.
Be sure to cover your plants completely or wind and cold air could seep in and get trapped underneath the protective barrier.
Nurseries will use misters and irrigation systems to keep the plants moist through the night, but it's suggested home gardeners keep their sprinklers off unless they can run all night.
If the sprinklers shut off during the freeze, frost could form on the plants and they will likely die.
For a list of what you should do for your plants before, during and after a freeze, click here: http://solutionsforyourlife.ufl.edu/hot_topics/lawn_and_garden/cold_protection_of_ornamental_plants.html#before