Plants and flowers in East Texas are "confused" by the odd weather
POSTED: Thursday, April 25, 2013 - 5:36pm
UPDATED: Thursday, April 25, 2013 - 8:46pm
Tyler , TX (KETK) — It may say April on the calendar, but the weather sure hasn't felt that way.
And this crazy weather sure isn't too good for those who have gardens.
The heavy rain and up and down temperature is confusing a lot of the plants.
"Our gardens, plants and lawns our just totally confused with this weather. The nice warm days gets them really going and then we have a couple nights in the 40s and even in the upper 30s and it just sends them into crazy mode they don't know how to respond," said James Whilhite owner of Whilhite Landscape
Whilhite says in his 33 years in this business, he's never seen weather this up and down ever in Tyler.
"Most gardeners prefer a good even start and we want it to stay there and this starting and stopping is what's confusing the plant's and many gardeners," said Whilhite.
Whilhite says temperatures below 45 degrees often stunt the plants growth.
And the root systems are not getting the warm soil they are expecting.
Azaleas and some early blooming plants like this weather, but other plants like St. Augustine grass and tomatoes are suffering.
"St. Augustine lawns and Bermuda grass lawns do not like this on again off again weather. They just need a little bit more warmth before they pick up and really grow well," said Whilhite.