Zilker Neighborhood Gardens

Commentary by a National Wildlife Steward who helps Zilker neighbors establish native plant gardens

Winter weather here and temp is dropping …

Real winter weather has arrived. Did you enjoy the 70 and 80s this weekend? I know I did while planting some plants late into Saturday night. It was such a nice day!

Well today’s another day and we’re facing freezing weather for the next few days. So … you know the drill:

  • Bring in your delicate plants.
  • Cover other plants with blankets, sheets, or special plant fabrics. Make sure you secure them as much as possible since it is also going to be windy.
  • Unhook your hoses from outside faucets and make sure all the water is out of the hoses (otherwise, it will freeze and burst through your hose, possibly).
  • Wrap your outside faucets with insulation, and open your faucet so it drips about five drips per minute. Do this when the weather is less than 28 degrees for more than 4 hours, and let it drip until the temperature raises above 30.
  • Know where your water shut-off valves. If you can shut off the water to just your outside faucets, you could do that, then open the valve so all water comes out & keep it open in case there’s any water in there, it has room to expand.

There’s a more expansive list of pointers for freezing weather at KXAN. Good luck!

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One response to “Winter weather here and temp is dropping …

  1. Joan Hughes February 2, 2011 at 11:09 AM

    We did the slow drip last night, but our pipes were frozen (not dripping) by this morning. So my husband unfroze them using a torch (quick blasts of torch – be sure to not catch your house on fire). You can also use a hairdryer to warm the pipe and get the ice to free and water to flow. Now we have our water dripping at a much higher rate – maybe 1 drip per 2-3 seconds. We also put a bucket underneath to catch the water to use to water some plants later.

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