Farmers and gardeners are preparing crops and plants for the freezing temperatures that will hit the East Tennessee area Friday night.
Plant specialists at the Barn Nursery in Chattanooga said the freeze warning may threaten plants that aren't tough enough and advised people how to protect sensitive blooms.
"Last night, we pulled several things into our greenhouse, and we have these curtains pull down to keep the wind off of it. We did wrap a few plants out here," said Craig Walker, a perennial specialist at Barn Nursery.
Weather forecasts expect temperatures to drop to at least 31 degrees, so residents who garden and greenhouse workers are taking precautions with cloth wraps to prevent frost damage.
"These are perfectly hearty plants, but there's some new growth on them, and just aesthetically, we want to make sure we don't get a little bit of frost burn on them," said Walker.
Curtains surround the greenhouse to protect sensitive blooms that were moved indoors. Walker explained which plants are at risk, including "new growth on roses, fresh blooms on some of your roses or abelias, camellias. Those will get zapped back tonight."
Walker said the freezing temperatures happened a bit early this year, so he said it's better to be prepared just in case the cold strikes early again. He shared a quick tip for those who are one step ahead of the game.
"An old trick is to run your irrigation on it, and the ice will insulate it a little bit," said Walker. "We ran our irrigation out here last night and we had ice on a lot of our plants. It didn't hurt them."
Some customers at Barn Nursery said they were glad to hear a reminder and don't want their hard work to go to waste. Plant specialists said anyone with outdoor plants should use cloth, not plastic, to cover them up.By Briona Arradondo