How a Warmer Winter May Be Affecting Your Plants January 7, 2016
In much of the eastern half of the U.S., typical frigid temperatures and snow were swapped out for sunny skies and warm weather throughout late fall and early winter. Weather reports galore declared that some areas broke record high temperatures.
If your plants have experienced untimely growth through the warm winter, there are a few things you should keep in mind.Read More
How Are Your Trees Handling the Mild Winter Temperatures? March 16, 2012
We've been blessed with several mild days within the past few months. I have certainly appreciated the additional opportunities I've had to spend some time outdoors, but these constant fluctuating temperatures sure are confusing.
It's difficult for people to adjust to colder temperatures and snow after enjoying a few consecutive days of sunshine and moderate temperatures. But it's also difficult for trees to handle such rapid temperature fluctuations.
While people can seek shelter indoors to fulfill their daily health and nutritional needs, trees aren't so fortunate. They need water, just like us. And, like most of us, they can become stressed. So when the ground freezes over, or when the hot, dry summer climate arrives, drought stress may affect your trees.Read More
Frozen in Time? February 7, 2012
After the fluctuating mild temperatures we've experienced recently, I was shocked to see my oak tree covered in ice the other morning.
Icicles hung from the branches, thawing as the sun began to rise. My eyes followed the glistening ice crystals and water droplets down the trunk and into the ground above the roots.
That got me thinking: How do freezing temperatures affect my trees? Of course, water is essential to life, but does this necessarily apply to the winter months as well? Or are trees and other plants just frozen in time and forced to wait for replenishment until spring arrives?Read More