, Newburyport, MA


April 9, 2014

Tim's Tips: Answers to early spring gardening questions


The problem may be that you can always get a wet and heavy snowstorm in April. My guess would be that you could take the burlap off the shrubs. You will just need to hope that we don’t get one of those heavy, 12-inch snowstorms in mid-April.

Every year, the question comes up about the tulip and daffodil bulbs putting up new growth and how a very cold night may damage the plants.

The early spring-flowering bulbs are very cold-tolerant. Temperatures in the upper teens and 20s will generally not hurt the plants. If you are really worried, you can always cover the plants for the night.

Well, that’s all for this week. I’ll talk to you again next week.


Tim Lamprey is the owner of Harbor Garden Center on Route 1 in Salisbury. His website is Do you have questions for Tim? Send them to, and he will answer them in upcoming columns.

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