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"Freezing temperatures are hours away"
Here is a message from Hamons Custom Landscaping. With temperatures dropping to well below freezing the next few nights, Friday morning possibly the exception, I thought this could prepare you. Read other comments for more advice from our bloggers:
I have been reading your blog with much interest lately. I own and operate a landscaping company here in the KC area and I wanted to chime in on the freeze damage.
Most of our perennial plants will be just fine from the freeze. Some of the plants who have shot out some rather dramatic lush shoot growth in our unusually wet and warm March may get some burnt edges. However, no permanent damage will be done. If anybody got a head start and planted any annuals, late season vegetable plants or have tropical plants outside they will be affected.
Another danger from the freeze will be with any seedling that has just begun to come up. The freezing and thawing of the soil each day will have a tendency to heave some of these plants out of the ground and they will die from dessication.
The good news is that the freeze will damage the dandelions worse than any of the plants most people have in their gardens.
I would be happy to answer any other questions people had.
Posted by at April 3, 2007 9:41 PM
Well, we got to see some "snow" after all!
Just in a different form, maybe the camera was cold;)
24 hours ago it was in the 70's and now my digital thermometer is down to about 38 degrees, wow Easter will feel more like Christmas this year!!!
Nick in (cold) St. Joe!!!!!
Yeah, the camera must have been cold. Oh well. I am sure my boss wasn't happy about it.
Temperatures are falling.
Posted by: Nick Rau at April 3, 2007 10:34 PM
hey gary that sounds great. So it sounds like trees with flowers on them...the blooms will be damaged but leaves will be fine? and other regular trees with leaves should be okay is that how I'm understanding it? I appreciate the information your gathering and it is very impressive but well understood that you predicted this freeze months ago. See ya!
Let us know if you see any damage.
Posted by: Jonathan Katz at April 3, 2007 10:46 PM
Good blustery morning to you sir!!
I am sitting at 30.2 degrees here this morning with a fairly stiff North breeze-considering how warm it has been, it for sure gets your attention outside this morning!!!! Still 2 hours before sun up so maybe I'll hit 29...
Man, Thursday afternoon and night are kind of interesting-looks like we will be close to seeing a flake or two from the sky but areas west of here say Salina, may actually see some accumulation?? I think both NAM and GFS show a profile conducive for snow here, but not sure if we will have the moisture-it looks close!!!!
To be honest, snow this time of year is kind of worthless and I am ready for full Spring and summer, but snow would be kind of cool for the fact that it excentuates the voltality of our weather here-there is something about going from 80 to freezing temps. and snow in 36 hours-that is one thing that makes our climate here so much fun to follow. However it all pans out, it is going to be pretty chilly the next 72 hours!!!!!
Have a great day and as always, thanks for reading!! Oh, I am following late next week very closely as I am taking the 9th grade on a canoe trip to the Elk River as part of our school's class trips-I think it will be warmer than now for sure, but still keeping a close eye for rain etc. We sure lucked out last week on our service project!!!! Thanks again and it goes without saying: the LRC is just incredible!!!
Bill feeling the bite of the wind in Lawrence
A chance of thunderstorms would be fine from April 12th to 15th, but no outbreaks of severe weather as I am going to Los Angeles to celebrate my mom's birthday. Hopefully it will wait until late on the 15th or 16th. Come on LRC just be one day off. It often is.
Snow at any time of the year is not worthless, in my opinion. It will be frustrating if there are actually accumulations as close as central Kansas. We will be watching it closely.
Posted by: Bill Gollier at April 4, 2007 4:45 AM
Thank you so much for posting the freeze vs plant info! I also refrained from planting. I do have some leaves on my rose bushes but that is about it.
Your welcome! It sounds like most of the trees will be fine, but we will likely lose the red buds beautiful color that just came out. But, we did get a week or so to enjoy them.
Posted by: Audrey at April 4, 2007 6:38 AM
I had a question about the freezing temperatures and my newly put down sod. I just had sod put in on Monday. I have watered it the past 2 days, but with the below freezing temperatures, can I hold off on watering until next week? Or can I at least get by with less watering than normal due to the cold?
I'm not an expert on this but would venture to say that you may be able to cut back on the watering a bit. The evaporation rate should be lower over the next 5 days. Also with the cold temps the grass may grow very little.
Posted by: Mark at April 4, 2007 7:23 AM
So it sounds like us allergy sufferers will get some relief soon?
I love the spring time rains we have had recently. Sometimes when it just drizzles, I get reminded of living in Sitka, Alaska for 5 years as a kid and the constant rain we had, although we never called it rain, we just called it "liquid sunshine". Nothing like riding a bike delivering the afternoon papers with a good drizzle.
I'm guessing you think KC winters are pretty mild if you've lived in Alaska. Gary will keep everyone updated on the Allergy Index on the evening newscasts.
Posted by: Ross Kimbrough at April 4, 2007 7:37 AM
Thanks for the posting the info on frost/freezes!!
Last week we really did get caught up with "spring fever" and my husband was ready to go shopping for plants. I told him nope we can't do it yet. Gary says we are going to get colder and we need to wait on the flowers. So again, thank you!!! You saved me alot of time and money and we are now waiting until the first part of May...lol
Posted by: Donna at April 4, 2007 7:44 AM
I am wondering about the hosta, but it sounds like they think it will be ok? Also, my bleeding hearts are beautiful, in full bloom! Should I cover them? One other is my Japanese Maple, with all its new leaves. It's so beautiful right now.
Posted by: Elaine at April 4, 2007 7:45 AM
As far as the sod -- I would sggest holding off any watering when the temperature is forecasted to be below freezing that night.
But.... as soon as the temp warms up start your regular watering again.
Posted by: Hamons Custom Landscaping at April 4, 2007 8:11 AM
Jeremy, for not being an expert, you sure wrote and sound confident. I like your answer and it lines up with what I was thinking as well. Thanks! Mark
Check out the response from the Landscaping expert. I hope this helps!
Posted by: Mark at April 4, 2007 8:35 AM