by PETE KRUER
Rockford Ace Hardware
Well, we just had summer in March! Wow! Now we are having a reality check with April. Believe it or not, we are having average to slightly above average temps and below average on precipitation, but that is about to change. Precipitation is going to be slightly above average for the next eight days. Temps will be about average (50 to 61 degrees).
We need to remember not to get to anxious with planting frost-sensitive plants, because lows are going to be around the frost mark. The average last day for frost in Kent County is about the 15th to 17th of May. It is easy to forget that the weather can change quickly in West Michigan.
If you have some plants that you would like to protect and give three to four degrees advantage, you can use a product called N-SULATE to cover your plants. Also sprinkling water overnight on the plants can help, depending how bad of a frost.
Regarding the use of crab grass preventer, we are getting to the end and broad leaf prevention will be starting soon. Always try to wait at least four weeks between fertilizer applications.
So, have patience and enjoy the head start we got this year!