As Weather forecasters call for our first winter weather conditions across North Texas— make sure you are prepped and ready to meet the frosty temperatures. Visit Russell Feed & Supply stores today for all the supplies you need to protect your garden, your animals, and, of course, you and your family!
Freezing temperatures occurring early in fall or late spring are usually more damaging to plants than freezing temperatures in mid-winter. Keep your garden plants and shrubs well-protected when temperatures stay below freezing for more than a couple hours or overnight. Russell Feed carries garden frost blankets which help keep plants insulated and prevent freeze damage. Also, reapplying mulch will provide additional insulation for plants and soil during a hard freeze. Container plants should be moved inside or in a protected area. Water your plants, especially container plants, before a freeze moves in to ensure plants stay hydrated. Remember to cover up your outdoor faucets– make sure the spigot is turned off with any hoses removed— we have foam and heavy duty insulated faucet covers to keep these from freezing.
Take the extra steps to make sure your livestock animals and family pets are protected from the cold, too! Make sure they have plenty of feed and water and provide extra shavings and hay for stable animals, including your chickens. If your dogs spend most of their time outdoors, make sure they have adequate shelter from rain and wind. Russell Feed carries the PetMate DogGloo and Barn Home which feature an exclusive, patented design and structural foam construction that uses your pet’s body heat to stay warm in cold weather. The shape helps keep the house stable in high winds and naturally sheds snow and other debris that could collect on top. We also carry heat lamps and barn heaters to keep your animals comfortable as well as horse blankets at Russell Feed locations.
Russell Feed also carries plenty of de-icers, salt, and ice melt products in the event our never predictable Texas weather turns icy. If planning to be outdoors (perhaps cheering on your favorite team or in a blind somewhere?), make sure you’ve dressed appropriately—including hands, head, and feet. Improper clothing and prolonged exposure to wind and moisture are the primary causes of hypothermia, which can be fatal. Hypothermia can develop even when temperatures remain a few degrees below freezing— so, as mom says, “Bundle Up!”
Stay ahead of the hard freeze with a visit to Russell Feed stores— we have everything from mulch and frost blankets, plenty of hay and shavings as well as firewood, propane, de-icers, dog shelters and more. Come see us at any of our eight North Texas locations before the cold sets in!