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January 3, 2018   
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A freeze warning is in effect for our area.
So 2018 in the garden is off to a fast start. Depending on which weather forecast you look at (accuweather, noaa,, weather underground), temperatures range from 28 to 34 each night for the next three days. It seems unlikely that we avoid a freeze this year. For those of you new to the area, this is a colder forecast than we have had since 2011! It is definitely time to start thinking about protecting your favorite plants. Below are 5 of our best tips for protecting your plants.  If you haven't stocked up on the materials you need, we have about 20 frost blankets left for sale at the nursery (that's as of Tuesday evening).

Since you are a regular newsletter reader, you know that I've got a yard full of trees to protect and chickens to keep warm, so I think I need to go get started. Also, since it is so cold and we've got all of our plants packed into the greenhouse at the nursery, we're shortening our hours this week. Weds - Fri we'll be open 10 - 4. Stay warm and look on the bright side - Sunday's high is supposed to be near 70. That's Florida for you!

Stay Warm and Happy Gardening,
The Kerby's Nursery Family

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5 Tips for Protecting Plants
1. Do not use plastic. Only use cloth to cover plants, such as a frost blanket.
2. Cover plants to the ground. Attach blankets to the ground with landscape staples to prevent cold wind from blowing the warmed air out.
3. Use stakes for support. To keep the weight of the cloth off of young trees, use a tall stake as support.
4. Water plants well. The rain this morning helps, but cold sucks the water out of plants, causing more damamge. Well watered plants survive the cold better.
5. Cover plants early. Covering at the last minute doesn't allow the air under the blankets to warm up. Cover early in the afternoon to allow the sun to warm the air giving your plants the most protection.

Kerby's Nursery

2311 S. Parsons Ave.

Seffner, FL 33584
(813) 685-3265

Store Hours
Open Seven Days a Week
Monday - Saturday,  9:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday,  11:00am - 4:00pm
Tues - Fri, 1/2 - 1/5, 10am - 4pm