Updated 03/26/2012 05:59 PM
Freezing temps a concern for gardens?
Mother Nature will shake things up this week. It felt like summer just days ago and now it's dipping closer to freezing temperatures. But because of last week's unseasonably warm weather, some plants have already started to grow. Our Iris St. Meran talked with garden experts about how this may or may not impact your home garden.
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CENTRAL NEW YORK -- To say Mother Nature has been unpredictable would be an understatement. Winter felt more like spring some days and when spring began last week, it felt like summer. Now, we're back to colder weather. That can cause some confusion for plants and flowers that have already made an early debut.
The staff at Chuck Hafner's Garden Center have been swamped with callers wondering what to do.
General Manager Jess Hafner said callers have wondered, "My plants are leafing. Are they going to be okay? What do I do to protect them?"
The concern stems from frost and near freezing temperatures that have made their way back to our area. Gardening experts say flowers should be okay, but there are some precautions to keep them safe from the elements.
"If you wanted to cover them over with some blankets and some sheets, you could go ahead and do that. But again, the worst thing that could happen is simply cosmetic. It's not going to end up killing any plants. In particular things like spring flower bulbs, things like daffodils, tulips, crocuses. Those plants are used to this kind of weather," said Garden Journeys Host Terry Ettinger.
At Chuck Hafner's, they're doing just that with certain plants to ensure they have a good product to sell to customers.
"Anything's that's broken dormancy, we're protecting, like these Weeping Cherries behind me, we've been moving inside. The stuff that we have outside that we can't move in, we're covering with blankets," Hafner said.
Hafner says it's hard to know exactly what will happen to plants because a weather change like this doesn't happen often. But the plants and flowers that do grow around here are used to some kind of chill this time of year. If you are concerned, bringing them inside or covering them with a blanket should do the trick.