When can I plant Mexican Feather Grass in Evanston, IL

One of the best tools that we have as gardeners to help us figure out our gardening schedule is the USDA zone info. The most important data that the zone info tells us is average last frost and the lowest expected temperature for our area.

The first opportunity to plant mexican feather grass in Evanston can be determined by looking at the USDA zone info.


Planting Calendar for Mexican Feather Grass

Frost tolerance for mexican feather grass: Tolerant of some frost.
When you should plant them: Up to 5 weeks before last frost.

You can plant mexican feather grass just a bit earlier in the year because they are one of those plants that can tolerate a little bit of cold weather.

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A good time to plant mexican feather grass
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The earliest that you can plant mexican feather grass in Evanston is February. However, you really should wait until March if you don't want to take any chances.

The last month that you can plant mexican feather grass and expect a good harvest is probably September. If you wait any later than that and your mexican feather grass may not have a chance to fully mature. If you are starting your mexican feather grass indoors then you might be able to get away with starting them a few weeks earlier.

Last Frost Date

On average the last frost when the weather gets warmer is on April 15 in Evanston. In the coldest months of winter we should expect an average low temperature of -15°F.

Since the USDA zone info for Evanston may not be accurate from year to year our actual date of last frost changes from year to year. Since half of the time in Evanston it frosts late in the year after April 15 be ready to cover your mexican feather grass in the event of one of those late frosts.

USDA Zone Info for Evanston

Here is the info for USDA Zone 5b.

Average Date of Last Frost (spring)April 15
Average Date of First Frost (fall)October 15
Lowest Expected Low-15°F
Highest Expected Low-10°F

This means that on a really cold year, the coldest it will get is -15°F. On most years you should be prepared to experience lows near -10°F.

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