Warm weather approaches, still too early to garden

With temperatures warming up and spring showers already happening, many with green thumbs are ready to get into their gardens.

But if you start planting now, you might be doing more harm than good.

"It's a little early to start planting, but they can certainly get out and start doing some prep-work outdoors, and there are some things they can be doing indoors as well," said Nancy Voss of Felly's Flowers.

There's a few things to know before you start digging.

1. Frozen Ground

"Know that the ground is frozen. You can not do much with the soil. It's very muddy," said Abdullah Yousif of Felly's Flowers.

Not only is the ground frozen, but the top soil is muddy. Mud has no room for air, and can suffocate plants. It's best to wait for dry dirt to give seedlings a better chance.

2. Prep-work

If you want to work outside, right now is the time for prep-work.

"You can do the pruning on the dormant trees and shrubs," said Yousif.

Cut new growth off bushes and branches, and remove debris from your garden and tree beds with a rake.

3. Planting indoors

With nights are still below freezing, it isn't safe for plants to be outdoors, but you can get them ready.

"You can start your seeds indoors. A lot of seeds can be done indoors, especially if you want to use some grow lights, or close fluorescent lights," said Yousif.

Make sure to get the right soil and light source to plant seeds indoors. You can transplant them outside once it's warm enough. Gardeners say after mother's day it's usually safe to plant outdoors without worrying about freezing.


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