Long winter delays growth of spring flowers

CHICOPEE, Mass (WWLP) – We’re two weeks in to the spring season, but you wouldn’t know it by the lack of spring plants. The 22News storm is here to tell you how the long winter cold has delayed the flowers.

We’re running about two to three weeks behind where we should be in our yards and gardens. Normally, the lawn would be turning green, crocus and forsithia would be blooming but we haven’t seen much of that yet.

Bulbs like tulips and dafodils should have started popping out of the ground, but you might have to wait another one to three weeks to see that.

Ground frost prevents you from planting most things, but there are things you can do to prepare your garden and yard.

Steve Bordenuk of 16 Acres Garden Center told 22News “As long as the grass isn’t real spongy when you’re walking on it you can start raking it or blowing the leaves off. You can trim and prune deciduous shrubs, you just have to be careful if they’re flowering shrubs.”

One benefit to our long winter; the cold has stopped fruit trees from budding early which protects them from damage during cold nights.

If you want to get vegetables started, you can grow things like tomatoes or peppers indoors and transfer them outside when it warms up.

If the warmup stays gradual, you won’t be mowing the lawn for about a month.

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