One of the benefits of living in the Sonoran Desert in the winter is only having to contend with a few nights of freezing temperatures. Even so, you will want to do a few quick and easy things to protect your home and foliage. These tips will allow you to sleep in your warm, cozy bed without worrying about what’s happening outside.
- Cover exposed outdoor pipes with foam insulation which can be found at your local hardware store.
- Turn off faucets and cover them with foam insulation or a heavy blanket.
- Bring potted plants indoors or place close to the house for added protection.
- Watering the roots can increase their chance of survival if they cannot be moved.
- Cover plants and gardens with burlap, frost cloth or blankets, but never use plastic.
- Bring pets indoors overnight during freezing temperatures.
- In the morning, make sure there is no ice in food and water dishes.
- If your car is not parked in a garage or under a carport, you can prevent frost and ice accumulation by covering the windshield with a towel, blanket or cardboard.
- If your windshield gets covered in frost and you don’t have a scraper, an old credit card or gift card can be used to scrape it. Be sure it’s not an important card because it will take a bit of a beating.
- Turn on your car and crank up the defrost, letting it sit for a while until the frost thaws.
- NEVER pour warm or hot water on your windshield. Although it will not shatter, the water will seep into any cracks or chips. As it re-freezes, it could crack your windshield.
Freezing temperatures are now upon us. You’ll thank yourself for taking a small amount of time to prepare for it.