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Triple digit temps spell trouble for backyard plants

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August 13, 2007

Albany-  Six consecutive days of triple digit temperatures are wilting plants across south Georgia and there may be little you can do to save them.

Hanging baskets like this one were scorched in last week's heat. The hot dry weather is killing off perennials. Garden experts say the best thing you can do to try and save the potted plants in your yard is keep them out of the sun.

"The only thing you can do now with the heat so high is you can put them in the shade and give them water every day and keep a check on them.  That's the only thing really you can do is keep them out of the sun, because the sun will devastate them," said Walter Phelps, P&P Garden and Hardware owner.

Walter Phelps says fertilizers or plant food won't bring back plants that have been stressed by the heat. He recommends waiting for cooler temperatures and replanting.

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