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Cold Temps Delay Gardening

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As some continue to clear broken branches, recent summer-like temperatures have many itching to do some yard work.  But the forecast has near freezing lows later this week, so is it too early to plant?

On a beautiful day like Monday it's very tempting to start planting your flowers and gardens.  Many plants can be troubled by temperatures that are too cold, so we looked at how this year is measuring up.

In Sioux Falls, on average, May 6 is the last date the temperature will fall below 32 degrees.  But with a cold first week of May in the forecast, some are choosing to wait a little longer.

"All I'm doing right now as far as yard work is preparing it for the summer, so as it comes up (it's) green and hopefully nice," said gardener Adam Getty.

"If you want to have an annual in a flower garden or a bed, I would probably wait until we're clear of any frost, but any woody plant, or tree or shrub, perennials, they're all ready to go in the ground," said Casey Snyder, nursery manager at Oakridge Nursery.

Snyder says water is the key.  It's a good idea to water your plants well to make sure the ground is moist.  Some useful tips include watering deeply and thoroughly, in the morning, and only when needed.  Plants with moisture inside should not be affected as much by frost.

If you have already planted your vegetation, it's not too late to combat the cold.  You can cover sensitive plants overnight with a blanket or tarp, and even bring susceptible greenery inside your garage or house.

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