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*The Landscape Alert*

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*Potential for Frost across Georgia Looming Early Next Week*

*Matthew Chappell**, University of Georgia Horticulture Department*


If you are like many Georgia residents, you have broken out the shorts and
t-shirts. Across much of Georgia, plant material is in the same mood, with
buds breaking on all but the latest plant material. However, you need to be
aware that the weather is about to take a typical spring swing to colder
temperatures. The National Weather Service offices in Peachtree City,
Tallahassee, and Greenville/Spartanburg are all forecasting at or below
freezing temperatures across the vast majority of Georgia on Monday night
(4/6); as far south as the GA/FL boarder and east as Statesboro. To make
matters worse, Tuesday night (4/7) could be a repeat frost/freeze for those
of us north and east of I-75 and I-16.

Please be aware that the forecast is apt to change (for better or worse) and
that growers and landscapers should prepare plant material and inform
clients on the possible frost/freeze. Detailed weather forecasts can be
obtained online at
http://www.weather.gov/<http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1102536742898&s=1268&e=001tOja95iijmO67w3Yory2aSypMgXODtBHrKYGKK9aqeA0JvaRfH14HCALW1T-1vA5u0eBQVdrxPkm4ySqrluvfOdwxD1yEzr4s2FlLtC6mtSnWuYrDStmgA==>
or
via NOAA weather radio. In many cases landscape plants can be protected from
frost. See the following links on cold protection. For a NOAA graphic of
Georgia's average last frost dates, see below. (Original article released by
the Georgia Green Industry Association - www.ggia.org)



[image: frost map](Editor’s note: See the following publications for ideas
on protecting plants from the cold.)



*Cold Protection* - *
http://apps.caes.uga.edu/urbanag/Home&Garden/indexFS.cfm?storyid=2739*



*Cold Damage and Ornamental Plants* -

*http://apps.caes.uga.edu/urbanag/Home&Garden/indexFS.cfm?storyid=2626*



*Using Irrigation for Cold Protection** - *

http://apps.caes.uga.edu/urbanag/Industry/LandScapeLine/Archive/Landscape_Line.pdf



*Winter Injury to Evergreens** *(What to do after a freeze) -*
http://plantpath.caes.uga.edu/extension/documents/January2008.pdf*

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*Please share this information with others in the landscape & turf industry.
For more information:*



Call your local Extension Agent at (800) ASK-UGA1 or locate your local
Extension Office at **

*www.caes.uga.edu/extension/statewide.cfm*



*www.georgiaturf.com*



*Pest** Management Handbook* (Follow all label recommendations when using
any pesticide) - *www.ent.uga.edu/pmh/*

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For current weather conditions, historical data and applications see -
www.georgiaweather.net





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Willie Chance

UGA Cooperative Extension Agent, Houston County

Outreach Coordinator, Center for Urban Ag

801 Main Street, Perry, GA 31069

(478) 987-2028, [log in to unmask],

Fax (478) 987-8099



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-- 
Dr. Teri Hamlin
North Region Agriculture Education
Georgia Department of Education
204C Four Towers University of Georgia
Athens, Ga 30602
706-542-3679 / 706-540-0032
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