Preparing for the First Frost

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SCOTT TOWNSHIP -- It's all about autumn at Corky's Garden Path in Lackawanna County. From the decorations to the plants, the store near Clarks Summit has all things fall.

What comes with fall is cooler temperatures and cooler air is on the way for Monday night.

"I really like fall. It's very pretty like how the trees are changing and all that, but it's very cold," Lily Lindamin said.

For the first time this season, there could be a widespread frost by Tuesday morning.

The National Weather Service issued a freeze warning for the northern tier.

A freeze warning means sub-freezing temperatures are imminent or highly likely. Temperatures could be cold enough to kill crops and other sensitive plants.

The rest of the area is under a frost advisory. A frost advisory means that areas of frost are expected and sensitive plants can be killed if left uncovered.

"For tropicals, anything below 40 degrees better come inside. For mums and most of your really tolerant perennials and plants, 33-34 degrees ," Trevor Kashuba of Corky's Garden Path said.

This time of the year, mums are a very popular plant. Employees at Corky's say you'll want to protect them overnight.

"Depending on your location, everything with full open flowers has potential to damage. It will not kill the plant. However it can damage open flowers," Kashuba said.

Shelly Sherman stopped at Corky's to pick out fall decorations. Sherman says she's not ready for frost.

"I have some tomato plants that are still thriving so I plan on throwing some tarps over them just to keep them as long as I can," Sherman said.

According to the National Weather Service, this frost is on track with previous years.

Employees at Corky's recommend using protection even if you're unsure.

"Be safe and cover. You know if you're worried that we're going to get on the borderline, be safe. Cover and ask questions later," Kashuba said.

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