How To Protect Your Plants Ahead Of Dropping Temperatures

KDKA's Paul Martino talks to an expert about what you can do.

Video Transcript

- The snow and cold were certainly not welcome arrivals for gardeners. Paul Martino got some advice from a gardening expert today.

PAUL MARTINO: Gardening expert, blogger, broadcaster, and columnist Doug Oster has been besieged with calls and emails today.

DOUG OSTER: Paul, this is like deja vu all over again. Every year, this time of this season, it's the same question.

PAUL MARTINO: Everyone wants to know, are my plants in danger?

DOUG OSTER: Anything that's already up that was a perennial, you know, a phlox, an azalea, a hydrangea, all these things that come back on their own year after year are going to be fine. They've been doing this for thousands of years.

PAUL MARTINO: But don't take Oster's word for it.

DOUG OSTER: And so if you had something out there you were worried about. Or if you were listening to me and said, I don't care what he says! I'm covering my azalea! I love this thing. This is called a floating row cover, you can get it at any garden center. The spun-bound translucent fabric that's so lightweight, the plants themselves can hold it up.

PAUL MARTINO: There are exceptions. If you planted peppers and tomatoes, Oster's concerned.

DOUG OSTER: Eh, tomatoes can't stand even to be below 50 degrees.

PAUL MARTINO: He says don't plant your tomatoes until Mother's Day. Oster waits until Memorial Day. These are Pennsylvania plants. They're used to this climate. They're pretty rugged. They can handle it. I'm Paul Martino, KDKA News.