The Pacific Northwest will see its lowest temperatures of the year this week; February is traditionally the month that we experience the coldest days of the year. Here are a few tips to protect your plants and property during the cold snap this week.
1) Insulate your exterior hose bibs.
If you don't have a Styrofoam cap, even wrapping with towels and string or rubber bands will help.
1.5) If wrapping your hose's bibs is not an option, you can let them drip or trickle.
This will leave a dangerous icy area around the faucet, so be careful. Moving water is harder to freeze, so the important job of preventing your pipes from freezing is checked off your list.
2) Flip down the covers on your foundation vents or on older homes insert foam covers.
These are usually available at your hardware store.
3) Cover your flowering plants.
Our unseasonably warm weather has signaled all of our plants and trees to begin to bud and grow. But, unfortunately, the cold weather will damage these daintier parts of the plants. Covering your flowering plants or cherished shrubs with a blanket before sun-down will hold in some of the heat and effectively keep the plants between 4-6 degrees warmer than the air around them.
4) Remember your pets and other animals.
Pets water bowls will freeze over, and they will need to have that refreshed to keep them hydrated.
5) Bring your pets indoors if possible.
Or you can provide a covered spot with a windbreak and a heat source.
6) Check your gutters for standing water.
Clear any water in your gutters before it freezes, expands, and does damage to your roof.
7) Lift your windshield wipers off your vehicle's windshield.
This will prevent the rubber from being damaged when you hit the wipers, and they are frozen to the glass.