Preparing for Frost
Frost and freeze warnings have hit Northeastern Wisconsin for the past week. And the potential for damaging plants and grass have some people taking precaution. Video by nbc26.comvideo
GREEN BAY, WI - Frost and freeze warnings have hit Northeastern Wisconsin for the past week. And the potential for damaging plants and grass have some people taking precaution.
“I'm just taking a little bit of a gamble,” said Ed McCollough, who was working in his yard Wednesday afternoon.
He said he hopes the freezing temperatures won’t ruin the flowers he’s already planted. But, he added, he’s happy he’s already able to get out and work in the yard.
“I think it's great that were able to get out so early ad get a head start on it all,” he said.
But these cooler temperatures at night may not be the worst thing for landscaping companies, and may actually be helping.
“With the turf perspective, it's actually helping us with the soil temperature going back down,” said Mark Lambert, owner of Lawnmaster.
He said crab grass grows with warm air, and with the frost, it can't survive. He added the only thing the frost does is slow them down in the morning when the ground is too hard to work with.
But, not everyone can agree with the frost helping.
“You’re going to see some brown leaves start to form,” said Jayme Kujava, Owner of Green Bay Floral and Greenhouse. He explained what the frost and freeze could do to fragile plants. But he said the warmer weather has been good for business, bringing people out earlier.
“We’ve had a lot of people walking through the greenhouse looking for early plants, tomatoes and peppers, which you can't plant outside yet because they're very tender,” he said.
Kujava added that vegetables should not be planted until Mid-May at the earliest.
One thing people will really notice this year said Lambert, is more bugs in the area. He said with warmer temperatures, the insects will be out in full force and people need to protect their lawns.