It appears that the groundhog was to be taken seriously this year as spring has arrived in full swing! Temperatures have swelled to much higher than average and have been right around record breaking, not that anyone’s complaining. Long-time residents of North Carolina may be questioning if these sweltering temperatures are here to stay, as we are often prone to a late frost or even snow. While the week has been extremely pleasant, it does seem that the weekend will bring on a regression to more normal temperatures before bumping back up into the 70’s. Warm temperatures and longer days have caused several plants to break into full bloom, most notably the tell-tale signs of spring, daffodils and crocuses. Species of cherries and magnolias are very apparent right now, with maples and redbuds not far behind. Unfortunately, unseasonably warmer weather will also bring about an unseasonably early allergy season. A surge in pollen production is already visibly apparent.
How will this weather affect the homeowner? If you have yet to have Larmore Landscape Associates prune your crape myrtles, roses, or ornamental grasses, now is the time! These plants need to be pruned before they begin putting out new growth, and in some cases that has already begun. With these high temperatures we are seeing plants break dormancy before they typically would. Make sure you are beginning your lawn care program! Your turf should have been aerated and seeded in the fall and now that you have a strong stand of grass to work with, you want to maintain it by having us spray for weeds. Remember, with the grass actively growing that means the weeds will also be actively growing. If you would like Larmore Landscape Associates to schedule any of these services, give us a call at 336-765-6340 and we will be happy to help!
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Photo Credit: From our Pinterest board “Fall Bulb Planting”