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April snow showers threaten May flowers

If April showers bring May flowers, what do a freeze warning and snow flurries bring?

No one likes cold weather, especially your plants, but Eyewitness News resident Garden Guy, Charlie Stocker says there are some things you can do to help.

Step one: know your plants.

“Look at whether the flower bud is opened up, and if its showing color, then there is going to be damage,” said Stocker.

If your plants are in danger, there is something you can do.

“If you've got plants that you actually can cover with sheet, it would be a good idea to do that, if they're showing color. Don't use plastic, because plastic will actually burn the plants,” said Stocker.

If you haven't planted yet, Stocker says waiting until may first is probably your best bet.

Last but not least, always remember to be patient.

“I'm always hopeful. I think with gardening you get a lot of things that don't do well, but you wouldn't enjoy gardening if you let that get you down, because you're always going to have failures, but the successes are so exciting,” said Olivia Dorfman, a gardener.

Stocker says you can also begin planting around April 21, but the soil will still be cold, and will prevent the roots from growing immediately.


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