Cold weather whipping into the Capital Region

LATHAM, N.Y. (NEWS10) – We’ve enjoyed a pretty mild fall season so far; last week we were even seeing temperatures in the 70’s.

However, that’s all about to change and there are some things you need to know about keeping your plants alive and your pets safe.

Donnette Desantis works at George’s Market and Nursery in Latham. She says this is about the time when growing season is over.

“Things that were left over from the spring that some people leave in are going to pretty much be done no matter what,” said Donnette Desantis.

There are some things you can do to keep your fall plants, like mums around for a little longer.

“But anything you want to save until the end of the month, cover with fabric, never with plastic,” Desantis said.

Your best bet to keep plants alive? Bring them inside.

“If you’ve left any deck plants out and indoor plants that you plan on bringing in and keeping over the winter, make sure you bring them in. Now it’s just going to be too cold even in the day for them to survive,” she continued.

You should be bringing your furry friends inside too.

“Certainly at night we’re going to see some hard frosts over the next week and they just should be indoors,” said Brad Shear, Executive Director, Mohawk Hudson Humane Society.

When you do take them outside make sure it’s not for too long.

“And just like with us, when their core starts getting cold, their extremities will lose their blood flow and lose their heat,” said Shear.

It’s also important to make sure they aren’t bringing the cold back inside with them.

“They get salt on their paws; they get salt on their underside. So when you bring them back inside you want to make sure to wipe them down, because if you don’t wipe them off they’re going to start licking at it.”

Anti-freeze is something else to watch out for. It has a sweet taste to pets, but can be deadly. So you want to keep them away from it.


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