Spring has Sprung?

2013 has been a most unpredictable year for climatologists, thus far. In January we were averaging temperatures in the mid-80’s before the month was halfway through! By the time February first rolled around the temperature had dropped fifteen degrees to a chilly 65. By mid February we were just shy of 90 degrees, while March first boasted a chilly 63! Mother Nature is so confused she’s going to need therapy for the next decade.

Mother Nature, how does this make you feel?

Mother Nature, how does this make you feel?

I’ve seen the oak trees awaken in the middle of January, only to return to dormancy in early February, then awaken again later that month only to be slapped with a near-freeze in early March. I’ve watched the grass in my front yard turn brown, sprout green, turn brown again, and finally dare to poke out a few tentative green blades again last week. Now it’s 42 and gusty outside…

nature3 043How this will affect the advent of spring is anyone’s guess. However, be prepared to fertilize your shrubs with a slow release 10-10-10. Use a high acid fertilizer for those acid-loving plants such as hibiscus and ixora. Get some good slow release palm fertilizer and feed those poor things. And by the end of March lay down an application of fertilizer for your beat-up lawn. My guess is that by April we’ll be back to normal with average temps in the mid to high 80’s, and that ole wet blanket called humidity on the rise. Enjoy the cold while you can!hr2820121-3

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