Published: Jan 02, 2012 8:44 PM EST
Updated: Jan 02, 2012 8:47 PM EST

A freeze could come to Southwest Florida on Wednesday morning, and experts are offering some tips to protect your landscaping.

"First of all, turn your irrigation system off and do not water plants in advance of a cold snap," said Mayer Berg, owner of Riverland Nursery in Lee Co.   "The ice may work for citrus crops in some areas of the state, but it is devastating to plants here.   Absolutely the wrong thing to do."

Berg also told WINK News:   "Do not use plastic to cover plants, ever.   Plastic transmits the cold and when the sun comes out, plastic can warm up fast and toast the plants.   Be sure to use cloth coverings, and stake down the edges of the cloth or put bricks on the edges to hold down the covering.  Any air or wind that gets in at ground level will still damage plants, and make the covering useless."

Ed Zentz of Zentz Landscape nursery in N. Ft. Myers said:   "It is a nervous feeling for people in this business, but you have to cover your plants.   It costs extra money to do so, but we can't have plants with burned tips."

Berg said, Hibiscus, Ixora, Areca Palms and many annual flowers are especially vulnerable to freezes and suffering damage.