Could A Freeze Threaten Area Trees And Flowers?

By KBJR News 1

March 23, 2012 Updated Mar 23, 2012 at 6:20 PM CDT

Duluth, MN - (Northland's NewsCenter) - Thanks to the warmer weather, trees and bushes are beginning to bud out sooner than usual.

But we could be seeing some colder temperatures in the coming weeks...causing some to wonder if the frost could threaten the trees and ornamental bushes.

Experts say if the temperatures get below 25 degrees...the bulbs and perennials that are up next to the foundation of your home could see significant damage.

However, cold temperatures most likely won't be too damaging to trees and shrubs.

"As far as trees and shrubs, they're pretty resilient so even if they had budded and leaves started forming, they can take a frost with some average cold temperatures. Real cold temps where it would kill the foliage, they would re-bud again for you," says Duluth City Gardner, Tom Kasper.

Kasper says if you are worried about your bulbs or different plant material during those chilly nights, put leaves or straw around them to add protection.

Danyel Piecek
dpiecek@northlandsnewscenter.com

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