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Late frost has gardeners, farmers worried

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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

An unusually late frost has farmers, community gardeners and proud backyard landscapers worried about their flowers and crops.

Many folks pulled out buckets, blankets and sheets to cover up their flowers, tomato, pepper, cucumber and squash plants as well as other greenery.

Replacing frost-bitten plants and flowers can be costly and difficulty.

"Sometimes right now it would be hard to find them," said Ben Sharda of Kansas City Community Gardens."The green houses are starting to get emptied out."

The Kansas City area generally sees its last frost in April and certainly by Mother's Day.

Experts say if you do too much or too little that you can put plants and flowers in even more shock.

If you see frost on your plants and flowers, hold off the urge to hose them off. You don't want to damage them by raising their temperature too quickly. Let the plants thaw out naturally.

Wait to prune. Even though you will see damage immediately, more damage will show up in a few days.

Container plants that were brought inside for protection should be moved back outside to plenty of sunlight. Remove any coverings so that plants don't overheat.

Kale, onion and other plants put into the ground earlier in the season are use to frigid nights and should continue to thrive.

With a low of 35 degrees, Kansas City set a record for May 16 this morning.

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