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As we bid farewell to (what has been by all accounts) a beautiful summer of 2013 we end this season in satisfactory condition.
This year showed us a wet spring, a summer with mild air temperatures, and stress in early autumn that turned to a “level playing field” we see now. There has been just enough cold air to regulate the local landscape plants combined with abundant moisture to make for the “Satisfactory” outcome we are experiencing.
Still, we are not without stress signs going forward. The ground is dry when you dig 4” below the surface. That’s where the larger plants live and need moisture to survive. We can never emphasize enough “Water your Large Plants GENEROUSLY”! Mid November is not too late! Before you package your hose reels, and shut off the outside water faucets, soak those large trees and shrubs one more time, they will be happy you did.
In southeast Wisconsin we have not reached a deep frozen soil in the last 3 years of wintering. Soil moisture dehydrates in a non-frozen condition. Keep this in mind as you go through your “Old Time” winter protocols. What was true years ago, no longer holds.
In the next 10 years watering in the month of December will become as common place here as it has been in Central Illinois and Indiana for the last decade.
Harvesting Crabapples in Ohio in early December is now customary. You’ll also see new varieties of Oak, Cypress, Hydrangea and Barberry introduced to this market as a result of the warmer winter temps. These changes are taking place because the soil temperatures are not going below 28 degrees in winter like they used to.
This weather is also affecting the perennial flowers here. Has anyone noticed the Coral Bells (Huechera) from last year’s cold spell and the effect of warmer temps? They held and maintained a leaf presence all winter last year. No longer can you cut them bare in late autumn, or you risk losing them to dehydration. We observed 6ft flowering Coneflower (Echinacea) this year as the non-winterized plant competed with its neighbor for sunlight. Properly placed plants like Astilbe will likely remain with the status quo this winter, even with limited snow cover.
With all of this said, as you continue the journey towards fall clean up and prep work for the long winter ahead remember these few things:
•Slow soak your larger plants before the ground freezes •Put some mulch at the base of your plants, especially ones in windy areas •Rake up your leaves and dispose immediately (to prevent disease) •Leave some stalks on your soft branched shrubs and perennials
And remember the things you do now, will have a direct result to how your plants and flowers will look in spring!
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