Contrary to popular belief, a severe (cold) winter does not greatly reduce the insect population, but an early spring can greatly increase their numbers. High average temps in early spring can bring pests out of their winter hibernation early which allows them to complete more life cycles. Spider mite numbers alone can increase exponentially. We have spotted leaf miners already feeding on boxwood, so we’re keeping a very close eye on things for our clients.
Bacterial and fungal disease issues will also be on the rise. When spring moisture collides with rising temperatures, disease pathogens multiply quickly. Add windy conditions to that and the disease cycle becomes an epidemic. Fire Blight (bacterial) and Rust (fungal) are two of the early problems that we encounter, but all types of blight-type disease infections are possible with this abnormal weather.
It’s also that time of year for landscape beautification. Pruning your trees and shrubs is very important for disease and insect prevention and for aesthetically pleasing growth and flowering. Mulch is also very important for water retention, organic material addition and insulation for good feeder root development plus it gives instant gratification to your outdoor area.
We are in full swing and looking forward to a great growing season. Hopefully Mother Nature is kind to us this year! Help us help you with any plant or grounds maintenance concerns by keeping a close eye on your property and notifying us with any abnormalities. We’re more than happy to come out, look things over and give any recommendations needed.
Fun Tree Facts:
- Neighborhoods with well shaded streets can be up to 10 degrees cooler in the summer.
- Trees properly placed around buildings as wind breaks can save up to 25% on winter heating costs.
- Children with a view of trees and greenery from their home score higher on tests.