Tips To Avoid Freeze Damage

There is a Freeze Warning tonight through Friday in Central and Northern Florida. The current forecast is predicting overnight freezing temperatures for extended hours which will likely result in some amount of damage or death to lawns and landscape plants. Here are some tips that will help minimize the harmful effects of low temperatures:

  • Run your irrigation system for 15 minutes per zone for rotor heads and 5 minutes per zone for spray heads tonight and again in the morning once temperatures rise above freezing.
  • Cover your cold-sensitive shrubs and ornamentals (see list below) with sheets or blankets, but not plastic.
  • Don’t mow or walk across your lawn if it is frozen or if there is frost present.

If you have any questions, whether you’re a Massey Customer or not, please call us at 1-888-2MASSEY (262-7739).

Most Common Cold-sensitive plants*:

  • Gold Mount Duranta
  • Queen Sago
  • Australian Tree Fern
  • Palm trees
  • Bird of Paradise
  • Variegated Schefflera
  • Cardboard Palms
  • Hibiscus
  • Tibouchina
  • Firebush
  • Plumbago
  • Cardinal Plant
  • Roebellini Palm
  • Bougainvillea
  • Staghorn Fern
  • Fire Spike
  • Lantana
  • Croton
  • Ixora
  • Allamanda
  • Philodendron
  • Mandevilla
  • Heather
  • Oleander
  • Butterfly bush

*This is just a list of the most common plants. If you have plants not on this list that are fruit bearing or annuals, it is recommended you cover them.