How to prepare for a freeze warning

It's finally starting to look like Fall and feel like it!

AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – Monday night is a night you want to cover any plants that are sensitive to the cold especially in Hampshire and Hampden counties.

The cold weather was a little delayed this Fall season but people certain felt the chill in the air at Atkins Farms in Amherst Monday. Columbus Day is a day some people like to go pumpkin picking, buy fall foods, and fall plants like mums.

22News talked to Atkins Farm about the freeze warnings for parts of western Massachusetts Monday night, which is delayed this season. Herald Gould, told 22News, “As for a homeowner is concerned this is very late for a frost cause we quite often get one in September and we didn’t get one during that period of time.”

There is a difference between frost and freeze watches and warnings.

A frost advisory is when temperatures are forcasted to be 33 to 36 degrees on clear and calm nights during the growing season. A freeze warning is when widespread freezing temperatures are expected.

Mums and pumpkins are able to handle the frost than other outdoors plants. But squash and sugar pumpkins should get covered. Depending on the crop it could be the end for growing season, like corn. Apple season will continue.

To protect your crop or flower you can cover them using a burlap material.

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