Growers scramble to protect trees, plants from spring freeze

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Posted: April 16, 2014

The Winchester Star

Dylan Gray pulls a cover over flowers Tuesday afternoon at Weber’s Nursery and Garden Center north of Winchester. The flowers and plants were being covered by employees to protect them from predicted overnight low temperatures. (Photo by Scott Mason/The Winchester Star)
An agricultural wind machine stands at the ready if needed to combat predicted low temperatures at Mackintosh Fruit Farm on Russell Road west of Berryville. The wind machine circulates air around the trees, which can raise the temperature as much as 5 degrees. (Photo by Scott Mason/The Winchester Star)
John Mastermonico (left) and Kyler Kerns move pots of young peonies under a protective cover Tuesday afternoon at Weber’s Nursery and Garden Center. Temperatures were expected to dip into the low to mid-20s between midnight and this morning, with strong wind gusts.

BERRYVILLE — The frigid overnight forecast had Clarke County fruit grower Bill Mackintosh “sweating bullets” Tuesday afternoon.

Temperatures were expected to dip into the low to mid-20s between...



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