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The weather forecast calls for freezing temperatures overnight TONIGHT (September 29, 2009). As a precaution, cover or bring in any plants you want to overwinter in the house. Sadly, most annuals will not keep for the winter. You might overwinter any plant you consider special (or expensive) such as a hibiscus, fuchsia, bougainvilla, or a banana tree. Geraniums can be overwintered, but they have a tendency to be messy. If you do bring in geraniums, cut them back and plan for their leaves to drop. Tomatoes still on the vine should be covered for the night, too.
Below is the winterizing guide for your patio irrigation system. It would be a good idea to remove the controller assembly this evening. If you are busy, I offer a winterizing service. Just give me a call at (970) 988-3808.
1. Turn off the water at the spigot. Turn the hose-side toggle valve to release the water pressure.
2. Detach the controller assembly at the spigot and below the filter/fertilizer unit. (See photo.) In case of threat of early freeze, remove this unit.
3. Remove the 9V battery for winter storage.
4. Do not blow-out your drip irrigation system - the components cannot withstand the high pressure. It is highly unlikely an above ground system will have freeze damage.
5. Since terra-cotta and ceramic planters absorb water, they have a tendency to crack in the winter. Minimize the risk of losing your planters by removing the dead plants and soil.
6. Need help? Call Patio Plants Unlimited at (970) 988-3808.
Freeze Warning Tonight
As always, please call me if I can do anything to make your patio more enjoyable! -Stephanie