Warm Spring 2012The unusual weather is affecting us in a number of ways:

  • Pollen levels are high, especially in the south
  • Farmers in parts of the country are planting corn early.
  • Homeowners have already started mowing and turning on their sprinklers.
  • Weeds are already popping up in yards.
  • More insects and bugs can be seen

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Earlier this month I kept waiting for the temperatures to drop, this week the temperatures are remaining steady with highs in the 70’s and lows in the 50’s. I have started watering my existing plants and yard and I remain cautiously optimistic that temperatures will stay above freezing for the next few weeks. If a frost does occur in the next 30 days, it could have devastating  results. I also would recommend applying some compost or potting soil around the stem of your plants to help insulate the ground temperature and moisture. It may not be a bad time to add some water. With the warm temperatures and low precipitation this winter and spring, we could be looking at drought-like conditions.

For now, I am going to accept that the weather is about five weeks early for this type of weather and enjoy these warm conditions. I will also keep my eye out for any temperature fluctuations both high or low.

How are you dealing with the  warmer than normal spring temperatures?  Do you have any concerns?

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