Kansas City gardeners prepare for first cold weather

October 10, 2019 - 6:10 am

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Gardners are getting ready for Kansas City's first frost of the season.

Overnight lows are expected in the low to mid 30s for the next few days. Some people with tomato plants are looking for ways to extend the growing season. One way to prepare is to cover outdoor plants, said Toby Tobin, host of his own lawn and garden show on KMBZ.

"On plants that are in the ground, they're going to need to be covered," Tobin said. "The covering is going to be very important, and you do not want to use plastic. Many people use plastic, but you do not want to use plastic, it just transfers the cold."

There are better options for a covering. 

"You're going to use blankets, they're the best thing," Tobin explained. "Get out now and get little props put around, because you don't want the blankets to actually touch the plants."

It is a good idea to use bricks or rocks to hold down blankets to keep them from blowing around.

This weekend is the last good time to do fall seeding for cool season lawns, Tobin said. It is okay to dormant seed the lawn between Thanksgiving and Christmas, so the new grass plants will germinate in the spring.

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