Ready to plant your garden? You may want to wait... - KOAM TV 7

Ready to plant your garden? You may want to wait...


If your intentions were to get a head start on planting this Spring experts say you might want to wait a couple more days.  With lower temperatures in the forecast later in the week garden experts are warning planters to wait.

With the wild swing of temperatures moving into the area early planters are concerned.

"If they were calling for 19 degrees or 22 degree we probably wouldn't be talking because I would be in a panic putting stuff up," says Robert Schooley of MJ Landscaping in Pittsburg.

Just days ago garden centers were filled with people, but once again flowers will have to be moved indoors.

"Three times this year I've had to take everything that is tender, meaning it wouldn't take a freeze into the greenhouse and were going to have to do that again on Thursday," says John Harrison of In The Garden in Pittsburg.

Experts say the plants you should worry about most are ones grown out of the area.

"Pretty much that is naturally grow in our area, you know guys, bring in stuff from the south that's a month ahead of us, that's growth that I wouldn't want to have outside, I have a bunch of Jap-Maples that are going to go inside," says Schooley.

If you do have plants that need to be protected local experts have some tips.

"You can use an old sheet that would protect them down to 28 degrees if it's gets colder than that you might want to come up with some engineering, a box or something that wont blow away," says Harrison.

"If we just get a frost you can water before the sunlight's hits them if they planted delicate annuals you know they might want to use some kind of protection but make sure you don't lay plastic directly on they plants," says Schooley.

If the plants do freeze there is a chance flowers may not grow again.

Experts also say hold off on planting vegetables until after this week.

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