October 2, 2013

Adapting to Unseasonable Weather

The weather has been unusually warm these past couple days, so warm even that if it wasn't for the brightly colored leaves on the ground it would feel like summer! Unseasonable weather, like what we are
experiencing now, can be a well received gift before the bitter cold of winter; however, if you don’t adapt your gardening habits your plants may suffer. Keep reading to discover how you can adapt with the weather and spare your garden from Mother Nature’s tricks.

Watering Schedule – If you haven’t been watering your garden as much lately because the weather has been so cool and rainy, grab that watering can and get back out there. This warm spell will quickly dry out your garden and you’ll need to replenish it. If you don’t, your plants will suffer. That being said, respond to the unusually nice weather by leaving the sprinkler system on a bit longer, or running it twice a day instead of once. We know it’s hard to break a routine, but break it for the sake of your plants!

Lift Those Tarps – In case you were preparing your garden for a frost, it’s time to take a giant step backwards. Remove those tarps and let your plants bask in the sunlight. These maybe the last, and few, nice days we have left in 2013 so let you plants take full advantage of it.

Prune – We know you were letting your plants go into dormancy, well whatever progress they've made could be set back by these summer-like temperatures. As they spring back to life make sure you give them the proper tender loving care they deserve. Spend some extra time pruning and removing dead leaves and sticks from your garden. Why not take advantage of the nice weather to make sure your garden is really ready for winter. 


Phil Goold is a retired landscaper of 30 years. He loves being outside more than anything else, except maybe pie. He enjoys connecting with other landscapers and gardeners because everyone brings something new and fun to the table. Connect with Phil on Twitter and Google+.

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