Gardeners scrambling to protect plants from freezing temps

CHESTERFIELD, MO (KTVI)– Area nurseries rushed to protect their plants before April temperatures plunged into the danger zone.  A freeze warning was issued for Monday night putting the future of some spring plants in jeopardy.

Thies Farms in Maryland Heights covered its strawberry plants with a cheesecloth material.  Eckert`s in Belleville planned on using an irrigation system to protect its strawberry plants. Chesterfield Valley Nursery also planned on using its irrigation system.

“The water will freeze on top of the leaflets first, before it can actually freeze the plant,” explained project manager and landscape designer Bob Graeler.

He will run the irrigation system periodically through the early morning hours Tuesday, just to make sure the leaves stay wet.

Graeler`s advice to others is to cover their plants or bring them inside for the night.

“If they`re still dormant they won`t be in any danger,” said Graeler.

He planned on inspecting his plants Tuesday morning.