Is it too early to start planting for spring?

Posted at 7:18 PM, Apr 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-05 18:41:43-04

Spring is finally here, and the temperatures are starting to warm-up. That may have you thinking about getting the yard ready for the warmer months ahead. Is it too soon to plant your flowers? Let's take a closer look.

Although we're gradually warming up, frost and freeze conditions are still possible (and even likely) across central Indiana in April. The map below shows the average last freeze for us occurs between the middle and end of the month.

We are no stranger to late season cold snaps. The latest freeze on record, for several spots in Indiana, gets us into late May and right around Memorial Day weekend. So, if you do decide to plant soon, make sure you're ready to protect them from some potentially chilly nights.

There's some good news in our short-term forecast! Overnight lows are largely expected to stay in the "safe zone" with overnight temperatures in the 40s and 50s. There are a few nights where lows may dip into the 30s, and threaten fragile spring plants. While it's too early to say how the end of the month may play out, the average low does climb into the middle and upper 40s by then.