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Yes it's cold in Lubbock and it's going to get colder, but before you go to sleep tonight there are a few things you should do to make sure pipes aren't busting around your home and that you haven't made an intersection in town a skating rink.

It's all about winterizing you're home and making sure you are protecting as much of your investment as possible.

For example, put a cover over the outside faucets and letting your water drip inside to help ease pressure from pipes if they do freeze up. And if you have a sprinkler system, turn it off. Every year we see sprinkler systems that turn on in the morning during a freeze and the water from the yard collects in an intersection. Then what? It becomes a sheet of ice and it become dangerous.

According to KAMC, there are other steps you can take to protect flowers.

Laying a blanket or tarp on flower beds is also recommended as it can protect them from the elements and laying mulch down can add an extra layer of warmth and protection.

”In order to keep them from actually dying or having too much problems in the wintertime, we’d like to water them when we know it’s going to be really cold so if you’ll go outside and let your little hose down and water really, really well that will help protect the roots at 32 degrees and if it’s 15 or 20 outside that will greatly improve their chances,” said Pegues.

Pegues says some gardeners have even used the holidays to their advantage, “I’ve heard a lot of people taking Christmas lights that are warm and putting them up in fruit trees and keeping them from freezing that way.”

This won't be coldest we will see on the South Plains, so keep this information handy for the next round of cold weather.

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