4 Reasons You Should Wait To Plant Your Spring Garden If you Live in Michigan
The sun has been peaking out behind the clouds more and more here in West Michigan so you may be tempted to run to your favorite garden center or green house to start planting for the warmer months.
But, you may want to hold out on putting any plants in the ground just yet, to avoid the heartache of what we call "third winter" here in Michigan. Yes, that weird snow that won't go away even after it's been over 70 degrees.
These are a few reasons why you may want to wait a little longer before grabbing that shovel.
Frost: In Michigan, the average last frost date is around May 10th, which means that planting before then can be risky. Late-season frost can damage or kill young plants, resulting in a loss of time and money for gardeners.
Soil Temperature: Spring is a tricky season in Michigan, and soil temperatures need to be warm enough to support plant growth. If the soil is still cold and damp, seeds may not germinate properly, and plants may not thrive.
Heavy Rainfall: When it's not snowing, Michigan has a reputation for experiencing heavy rainfall in the spring, which can lead to soil erosion, waterlogging, and flooding in some areas. These conditions can be harmful to plants and can make it difficult to maintain a healthy garden.
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Pests and Diseases: Early planting can also expose plants to pests and diseases that are common in the early spring. By waiting until the weather warms up and the soil dries out, gardeners can reduce the risk of infestation and ensure their plants have a better chance of surviving.
So be patient with that green thumb, and you'll have a better time with your plants. And if your stuff is already in the ground? Make sure you cover your plants when it frosts for their best chance of surviving.