After a mild March,
April was a little more seasonal however we were
able to dodge any April snow. This allowed us
to start our cleanups on time this year and
maintain a pretty good schedule.
Conditions over the
past month of May were dominated by dramatic
temperature fluctuations and high winds. May
brought periods of cool, frosty weather with
nights one week dropping well into the
twenties. This wreaked havoc on a lot of tender
new foliage on shrubs and trees. Signs of this
are still hanging from some shrubs and trees in
the form of dead brown foliage and needles.
This shouldn't leave any lasting damage this
time of year as most will grow new foliage to
replace what the cold killed.
Not long after that
very cold week we experienced a period of very
sunny, hot, dry weather with temperatures well
into the nineties. Our soils had ample moisture
through April and part of May but it didn't take
long for this to leave soil moisture very low
with wilting of established perennials and
summer-like dry areas on lawns that are without
are going through a tough period as well.
Clouds of yellow pollen are floating around as
even the slightest breeze sends the pollen from
White Pines into the air. And if we weren't
looking at clouds of pollen we were experiencing
a haze of actual smoke through the Memorial Day
weekend from the huge forest fire in Canada. It
smelled like there was a campfire wherever you
As usual it's like
someone throws a switch on, sending us from
winter-like conditions into mid-summer-like
weather. It's unique to this part of the
country and keeps those of us in the green
industry on our toes.