Lingering winter weather could be harmful to spring flowers

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Springtime flowers are beginning to bloom, but it does not feel like spring outside with freezing temperatures and even some snow. 

If you are worried about your flower bed, Nicky’s Garden Center co-owner Nikki Lenz says there are some ways to protect your plants from fatal frostbite. 

“I would suggest putting some newspaper over them or a sheet, something like that. It’s not the cold temperatures that we worry about as much as any heavy frost or freezing rain. That type of thing could damage the blooms,” said Lenz. 

You may have noticed that flowering trees are starting to bud as well. 

If you have fruit trees of a manageable size, Lenz say you may be able to save the blooms by covering the tree. 

If you cannot do so, the blooms may die, but the tree will not.

“A lot of trees, flowering trees, are budded up right now. Forsythia are in bloom right now. If we get freezing rain or something to that effect, it will cause the blooms to die. It won’t kill the plant or the tree, but we will lose the beauty for the season,” said Lenz. 

There are some cold weather crops that can be planted right now, like cabbage, broccoli, and brussels sprout. 

You can start germinating the seeds of warm-weather crops inside your home. 

Gardeners are hopeful that the weather will warm-up soon, but frost is always a possibility to keep in mind.

“If they do get a heavy frost, just mist them with some water with a hose to try to knock that heavy frost off to prevent too much damage,” said Lenz. 

For more gardening tips, you can visit Nicky’s Garden Center at their new location on Warden Run Road in Wheeling. 

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