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Keep plants covered to protect them from frost, say experts

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CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) -

When temperatures get down to the upper 30s, employees at Wapsie Pines Nursery recommend covering plants to protect them from frost.

Connie Schiefelbein said the cooler temperatures aren't bad for the plants.

"The weather is wonderful. It's a little chilly, but it's not going to bother the plants at all," she said. "If we were in August and it was like this, then everybody would be kind of freaking out."

But, according to Schiefelbein, after a few warm days, the cooler temperatures are a nice change for the outdoor plants.

"This is OK for the plants. Actually, it gives them a reprieve from that 95 heat index over 100 -- that's stressful," she said.

Schiefelbein said if people have fall planting to do with grasses and perennials, they should consider doing it now and use extra mulch for a winter protection.

"Mulch the heck out of them so that they can get a good foothold for the winter time, and hopefully we won't have a winter like we did last year," she said.

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