How to save and protect your plants during severe weather

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WICHITA, Kansas — Mother nature is making things difficult for some eager gardeners this year.

The flowers and vegetables you planted could be in jeopardy with the cold front expected to move across Kansas.

Judging from the sight of these colorful flowers at the Johnson’s Garden Center you may be lead to believe that spring is finally here to stay, but think again.

“Well, you kind of have to stay tune to the weather man,” said Marjorie Siler.

KSN Meteorologist Mark Bogner says some parts of the state are already dealing with freezing temperatures, snow, and high winds.

“This one coming through is probably going to bring us a frost and a hard freeze,” said Mark Bogner, KSN Meteorologist. “It will likely do some damage to the fruit trees and vegetable plants that are already up and planted themselves.”

So how can you protect your fruit trees, vegetable plants, and flowers from the less than ideal weather?

“Why you kind of hate to get rid of them or to move them in and out of the weather,” said Marjorie.

The impressive cold front moving across Kansas has owners at the Johnson’s Garden Centers taking every precaution when it comes to protecting their plants.

“This is a proven method that it does a pretty good job protecting,” said owner Jeremy Johnson, Johnson’s Garden Centers.

KSN News is told its best to cover your vegetable garden with a tunnel protection similar to the one used at Johnson’s Garden Centers.

“This fabric is called row cover,” said Johnson.

Tender plants that can’t handle freezing temperatures and high winds will need to be brought inside if you want it to last all spring.

“Tomorrow may be beautiful,  but I don’t think they’re saying that,” said Marjorie Siler. “It’s true if you wait long enough in Kansas it does change.”

The last freeze date for Wichita normally falls on April 15th, but in the northwestern part of the state it falls on May 1st.

Experts suggest you wait a few more weeks before you start planting this spring.

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