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How to protect your plants ahead of this week’s cold weather


ROCKFORD (WREX) — Temperatures drop below freezing across much of the Stateline on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning which threatens plants that were getting used to the spring weather.

To keep plants alive, cover them with sheets, towels, or even dead leaves from your lawn. Make sure to bring the cover all the way to the ground so heat is trapped inside.

If possible, move plants inside a house, garage or shed.

There are some plants that are going to be ok in this cold weather, but not all of them.

"But there may be some that need additional protection," Grant McCarty, the Local Foods and Small Farms Educator at the University of Illinois Extension office, said. "These could be things that have started to flower in the last week. These could be shrubs that you have newly planted. It could also be that you're growing vegetables that maybe you got them out a little too early."

Woody plants natural to the area and cool-season flowers and vegetables will be able to survive the freezing temperatures.

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Jena Kleindl

Jena joined the WREX team in May 2020 as the Assignment Editor and News Producer. She was born and raised in Freeport. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Media Studies from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee in 2020.

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