Just a little heads up, it's almost winter. Know what that means? Cold weather and snow! Not this year! It seems that this year we are going to be on a serious warm trend due to everyones favorite, El Nino. No accent marks for me, sorry. El Nino brings up some of that nice warm Pacific air over the Northeast, creating some favorable weather. How long will this last? Let me just say, look forward to a hot summer!
In my opinion, we will see some of that white stuff, but not until February or March. I am thinking we will see some smaller storms, not like ones in the past few years, but they will be wet and heavy so be ready! I am not a meterologist, nor claim that anything I say is in any way accurate, but this is what I am seeing so far this year. I can pat myself on the back for being right about last years late run of storms, but I was WAY off on the year before, so I am batting .500!
What does this warm weather mean for our lawns? Well, I am sure you have all noticed the grass has yet to go dormant. In most cases, it may even be still growing! Great news for everyone who got their seed down late! I even saw Forsythias blooming the other day! There have been people noticing their bulbs coming up! Bad news for spring flower lovers!
Now, this late warm weather is also great news for weeds. Notice your dandelions popping up? How about that annoying clover that is still clinging on for survival. Ground temperatures are still warm enough to be able to spray these pesky weeds, but you want to hit them before they drop their seeds. Spring next year is going to be rather interesting in terms of weed control. Don't get too angry with your landscapers if the weeds look like they are on steroids. We can all blame it on our wonderful NJ weather. It will take a little more time to try and manage all the weeds, and you may see weeds in places you have never gotten them before. Late weed seeds are going to allow those plants to take root. Hopefully we get enough time to treat your lawns with some pre-emergent treatments to help keep them at bay in early March.
That's enough from me today! Until next time! Enjoy the rain and warm weather!
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