AJ Petitti shares tip to protect your plants during cold spring snap

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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WJW) — It’s going to be unusually cold at night over the next few days.

But AJ Petitti, Petitti Garden Centers, shared some tips to protect your plants:

What does this cold snap mean for lawn care?

  • Seeding | It’s still perfectly okay to put grass seed down in this weather. If over-seeding, proceed as usual. If patching, use Scotts® EZ Seed® Patch & Repair or Scotts® Patchmaster® Lawn Repair Mix.
  • Fertilizing | You can fertilize as you normally would.
  • Crabgrass | When it comes to crabgrass preventers, they may/may not be effective at this point in the season, especially if they’ve already begun to germinate.
  • Dandelions | If you’re seeing lots of dandelions rampant in the lawn, know that it’s too early to treat them with Weed & Feed. Instead, apply Bonide® Weed Beater® Ultra, which works particularly well in cooler temperatures.

What can I plant now?

  • Trees & Shrubs | These hold up perfectly well in cold temperatures.
  • Perennials | These are also okay to plant this week and make a great option for Mother’s Day gifting. Some perennials with a long bloom cycle: Yarrow, Scabiosa, Dianthus, and Lupine.
  • Annuals | Some annuals actually thrive in cool temperatures above 30 degree Fahrenheit, including colorful Petunias, Geraniums, and Osteospermum.

What plants should I protect until this cold weather passes?

  • Bring in your Basil, Tomatoes, Cucumber, Eggplant, Squash, and tender or soft annuals such as New Guinea Impatiens, SunPatiens, etc.

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