Important Atlanta Winter Weather Survival Tips
To help you, your landscape, your pets and your home survive, here are a few important tips.
- Some of your plants are not suited for our occasional, extreme temperatures. Even cold-hardy annuals are on the edge with temperatures in the low 20s. Your safest bet is to cover them with a sheet. If you can’t cover your most important plants, make sure the surrounding soil is completely saturated. A very hydrated plant has the best chance of survival.
- Make sure all exterior faucets are covered. If you don’t have an insulated cover, simply wrap it in a pillow case or towel, wrap a plastic bag around it and tape it (Duct tape: a survivalists best friend!)
- If you have expensive clay or ceramic pots, bring them in. They may crack in temperatures this cold.
- Make sure your irrigation is turned to the Off position if is has not been winterized. Soil temperatures at 6” deep are rarely below freezing, so most underground water lines are still safe. However, we see a lot of irrigation systems that are not buried to the standard of 6-12” deep.
- If your pool has not been winterized, leave the filter running constantly until temperatures rise above 32 degrees. Make sure the water level in the pool is adequate and the skimmers are clear of debris so water flows freely.
- If your home has a history of freezing pipes, leave your faucets slowly dripping, both hot and cold. Water may be expensive in our fine city, but broken pipes and a damaged home will be far more costly. Also, leave cabinet doors below your faucets open to allow warm air to circulate around the pipes.
- Make sure your car radiators are full of anti-freeze. Unfortunately, you wont find out that your radiator is frozen until you stall out on Piedmont Road, steam pouring up out of your hood. A car with a frozen radiator will start, and it will run…for about 5 minutes. If you have to drive, be sure you are prepared for the worst with warm clothing, jumper cables and such. And remember, driving in ice is not driving at all.
- Be a good neighbor and check on your friends, family and neighbors, especially the elderly.
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