Preparing plants and pipes for the freeze

AUSTIN (KXAN) – A cold snap has businesses and homeowners preparing their gardens and homes.
“We may have the water turned off all day [Monday] because of the extreme cold,” said Roger Igo, grounds supervisor at The Natural Gardener in Austin.
Igo watered plants Sunday. He says it’s simply not feasible for people with large gardens and landscape to cover everything or bring it all indoors.
“Getting some moisture in the soil so it doesn’t freeze the root system is the best you can do really,” said Igo.
Gardeners put up down frost cloth. They recommend you cover just about anything you want to protect.
“Here at the Natural Gardener the important things are the animals the plants and the pipes,” Igo said.
“It’s always good to take one of the faucets inside the home and kind of have it just trickling a little,” said Austin Drain & Air Rescue technician Joshua Turner.
Turner recommends insulating outdoor pipes and faucets. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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