How many times have you been so excited about the warm Oklahoma Spring temperatures that you jumped the gun on those good outdoor sales and planted your flower beds just in time for Mother Nature to put a good freeze across the region and kill all of your hard work? It's a total bummer.

Our state is far more famous for its crazy severe weather. With humongous hail, incredibly high winds, and legendary twisters, it's the lowly late-freeze that sweeps in like a sleeper late in the season.

It's especially a downer since all the big-box retailers get their garden centers going about now. By the end of Spring Break, your perfect garden will be available at every home center across Oklahoma, but it's a trap.


Historically, the last freezes happen the first week of April and sometimes as late as the third week of April around Oklahoma. We've even experienced a hard freeze in the middle of May before, but that's incredibly rare.

While the threat of a freeze is generally gone by the last week of April, there still remains a chance of frost for another week or two until those cold fronts warm up around the arctic... but the risk of frost damage is only to the most sensitive plants... cheapy flowers or anything normally found in the tropics.

Instead, get your yard in order. Now is the time to be hitting the grass with some sort of pre-emergent. Have it sprayed or do it yourself. It's not hard as long as you remember to water it in. Go ahead and throw down your organic fertilizers. Try to give your grass the best head start you can now as it emerges from dormancy. Then when things heat up in May, you'll have a brilliant carpet of grass to complement whatever color you decide to plant in the beds.

KLAW-FM logo
Get our free mobile app

Fair warning... Keep an eye on the weather when it comes to spring and clearance sales at the garden center. 99% of the time it's the damaged and dying plants that get marked down to sell. You'll wonder what you did wrong, if your soil is less than ideal, if plants just simply hate you, and quite frankly, you don't need that kind of negativity in your life.

Oklahoma's Top 11 Worst Natural & Manmade Disasters

Some of Oklahoma's most notorious disasters here will be somewhat familiar. Our weather is incredible enough, but there has been a surprising amount of new and modern discoveries of manmade shenanigans. Tornadoes to toxic soils, bombs to nuclear secrets, these are the top 11 worst natural and manmade disasters that have struck Oklahoma.

Gallery Credit: Kelso

The Ten Most Tornado-Prone Counties in America

When it comes to the topic of tornadoes, Oklahoma is universally known around the world for producing some of the biggest, including the last F6 ever measured... but it'd probably surprise most Okies that the Sooner State doesn't even crack the top five of the most tornado-prone counties in America.

Gallery Credit: Kelso

Things You'll Need in Your Oklahoma Tornado Prep Kit

Even though the odds of your life being affected by a tornado are extremely thin, there's no harm in being prepared with basic necessities. Even if the storm misses your home you could still find yourself without power or water for days to weeks. Here's a quick rundown on the basics every home should have for tornado season in Oklahoma.

Gallery Credit: Kelso

More From KLAW-FM