We’re off to a bit of an unusually warm start to our spring season as you’ve probably noticed. We recorded our earliest ever 90 degree reading this last week. This isn’t all that unusual especially in El Nino years which tend to be a bit warmer in the winter and spring months. What this does mean is fruit trees and sub tropical plants have begun to push out new buds and blooms a little earlier than normal, winter lawns are growing faster, and weeds due to the wet January we had are sprouting like crazy. It may also mean that we’ll have an earlier arrival of insects and pests to our gardens so be on the lookout! More than likely the temperatures will correct and who knows what March may be like, but in the mean time be sure to get your fertilizer applications on nearly all your plants, trees, and shrubs (especially citrus) right away. Control weeds while they’re young and don’t let them go to seed-applying pre emergent herbicides is a good idea in the spring and fall to prevent new weeds from sprouting. It is generally safe to start pruning frost damage from affected plants now. We’re in the beginning of warm season vegetable planting-be sure to watch for cool temps if you’ve already planted tomatoes and peppers, if you haven’t it’s time to start! Others include squash, cucumber,eggplant,okra and more to come!
As you can see there is no limit to the gardening chore list now so let’s plant something!!