Winter weather precautions necessary in Tucson

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- There's no escaping it now.  The winter weather is upon us, which means it's time to protect your plants and pipes.

"Not everyone has a greenhouse or a nursery," said Matt Smit.

Matt Smit from Silverbell Nursery says when it comes to your greens, the best thing to do is make sure they're well-watered.

"If the plant is really full after a good watering it takes a lot more for that water to actually freeze," Smit said.

Smit says to cover your plants, it's best to use sheets or frost cloths, "A really easy cheap way to do is just use a half inch or quarter inch pipe and put some rebar in the ground and just make a dome out of it and just drape the frost cloth over it and you have your plants underneath it, and they'll be pretty much fine."

But you don't want to keep your plants covered at all times.

"Once the sun starts going down it's okay to cover them, but you do want to get it right before the sun comes down because that's when all the heat really starts coming out of the ground," Smit said.

Then there's the pipes.

"Pipe insulation, there's not much to it, other than what it does," said Daniel Quihuis from Ace Hardware.  "It just slips over the pipe, it's split down the middle, slip it over the pipe, release it, then put some tape on it."

Daniel Quihuis from the Ace Hardware on St. Mary's says foam is best.

"This stuff here comes in a couple different sizes," said Quihuis.

The other problem people had during last February's freeze was hose bibs.

"In a pinch believe it or not you can use a Styrofoam cup in a pinch, just put it over it just to keep it from freezing," Quihuis said.

If you don't have what's at the store, Quihuis says anything is better than nothing, "If you have to, wrap a towel, blanket."

And of course we can't forget about protecting that last "P," the pets.

All animals should be brought inside when the temperature drops below 40 degrees.