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Local Frost Impact

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Lynchburg, VA - The cold weather is coming and some areas had their first frost Monday morning.  

The frost will do the obvious, kill some seasonal plants and turn things brown, but there are a few things you can be sure to do right to keep things winterized.

The cold air even has some benefits.

"If you haven't done so, now is the time you need to move them into the house if you're going to try to winter them over," said Nelson Garner who has worked at Gary's Lawn Care for over thirty years.

Garner said things like mums, shrubs, and pansies will be just fine, it's the garden vegetables and summer annuals that will freeze. This affects local produce. The Produce Outlet on Old Forest Road stays open all year round, but once frost hits, a few things change.

"It affects the tomatoes, the cucumbers, the green peppers, the squash locally in Virginia," said Tomekia Hunt who works at The Produce Outlet.

Hunt says she has to bring the displays in each night and they check their produce more often to make sure frost hasn't affected it. Another thing to get to before winter hits is grass seed.

"Nine times out of ten it's better to do it in the fall than the spring," said Dwayne Shumaker of RSG Landscaping in Concord.  

Shumaker said right before frost is the prime time to seed your yard and the best way to do it is by aerating. The machines pull up plugs of dirt so that when seed is scattered it seeps in and grows root to last all winter.

"It's gotta come this length out before it can actually come out so the frost can't get to it, so by the time it gets to daylight- to surface level, it's already got some structure to it,"            said Shumaker.

Shumaker also said to be sure to get the leaves off the ground as they fall. As they break down, they spread acid to the soil which can affect your fertilizer.  If prepared, all in all, the cold weather can be a good thing.

"It will get rid of a lot of the pollen, as well as it will start eliminating a lot of the insects and bugs and make them go into hibernation for the winter," said Garner.

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