Here’s how to protect your yard and garden when temperatures drop

MINNEAPOLIS – If you haven’t already, grab your pumpkins – and bring them inside!

The first widespread frost hit our region overnight and is expected to persist for a few nights.

Mother Earth Gardens in northeast Minneapolis covered its pumpkins and plants Sunday before the frost. If you have any unplanted items, those should also go inside.



They say mums should also be covered, while perennials, kale and other herbs will likely be OK this week.

As with all leaves, use them as mulch around your plants this winter, and don’t forget to water first.

“Slow, deep water for all trees and shrubs and your perennials would be a great gift,” said Marsha Frey of Mother Earth Gardens. “And then to mulch all those perennials after you water.”

Click here to view the University of Minnesota Extension’s “Fall Yard and Garden Checklist”.