Published: Jan 03, 2012 1:40 PM EST
Updated: Jan 03, 2012 7:31 PM EST

LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Farmers in Southwest Florida are bracing for the coldest temperatures the area has seen in nearly a year.

Many farmers began pumping moisture into the ground as early as Sunday to keep roots from freezing.

They also covered up plants to protect them from the temperature drop in days to come.

At home, residents are advised to cover any plants and produce with a sheet or cloth, especially if they are tender.

Covering several plants with one sheet and creating a "tent" creates more heat and will be more effective.

While the cold snap is not predicted to last more than a couple of days, in light of last year's damage, farmers locally are preparing for the worst.