SUBMITTED BY THE GREEN FUSE
Here we are, springtime on the Front Range and the weather is absolutely unpredictable.
Just when everything in the garden starts to bud, snow! Should you be running out to the garden with your old bedsheets and covering every plant you can reach? Not necessarily. Snow and frost will not kill your perennial plants, trees and shrubs. In fact, the snow is much needed moisture that is beneficial for the health of your perennials, trees and shrubs. If your plants have early, delicate blooms due to warm temperatures, you can cover them with a tented cloth or sheet. Be sure to remove the cover in the morning after the frost. Annuals are a different story and can be harmed by snow and frost. That’s why we wait until after Mother’s Day to plant annuals.
Wait a minute, you say. It was 80 yesterday and I want to put on my garden shoes and head right down to the nursery. Do I really have to wait until Mother’s Day to plant my containers and accent flowers? Annuals are tender plants that are usually heat loving and can’t stand up to the colder temperatures like your hearty perennials, shrubs and trees. The last day of frost on the Front Range usually falls between May 10 and 15, right around Mother’s Day. Having a holiday to serve as a guideline is always helpful, but not a hard-and-fast rule.
Ultimately, we ask for patience to give your new plants their very best chance. If it is hard to wait, try planning a new family tradition like putting in the garden together on Mother’s Day, or delivering a beautifully planted container to your mom on her special day.
If you love the idea of a garden or container for your mother as a gift but aren’t so handy with a spade, feel free to call us at The Green Fuse. We are happy to help, 303-507-4772.
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