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With frost on the way, it's essential to cover up your plants

Fragile annuals could sustain damage, but there are some things you should remember to avoid running into more issues.

WESTLAKE, Ohio — If you have already set out all of your beautiful annuals to get the spring sunshine, now is the time to bring them back in

"but as long as they are under there they'll be fine? we are going to put them under benches under there ."

Brian Corrigan owns Cahoon Nursery in Westlake, and they are moving quickly to get their plants out of the elements. Why? Most of Northeast Ohio will be under a frost advisory through 8 a.m. Thursday, with temperatures expected to drop into the 30s.

"Bedsheets [are] probably the easiest thing," Corrigan told 3News. "We use a professional frost cloth, but [the general public] can just use bedsheets."

Bedsheets can cover tender vegetation like tomatoes and annuals; Corrigan says you can even do this at home by moving plants underneath a patio table then covering it. When it comes to using a tarp, however, it can be tricky

"If it's a plastic tarp, that sun will incubate what's underneath," Corrigan explained, "and you can actually, literally, do more harm with the burn."

So, make sure you stake the tarp to let air move through before removing it first thing in the morning You can also put plants in a covered car port or garage.  

Flowers for your yard and beds can cost you hundreds, even thousands of dollars. Corrigan says it doesn't take much to protect your investment — after all, better to be safe than sorry.

"I don't know if we are going to get frost because we're so close to the lake," Corrigan said of his nursery, "but we're going to cover anyway."

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