Drastic temperature changes not a major problem for plants, landscapers say

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As many people have been getting outside to enjoy the recent unseasonably warm weather, some plants are also taking advantage of the changes in temperature.

“You can look down and see some daffodils or some iris that are starting to come up,” said Jason Childress, manager and landscape designer at Varsity Landscaping. 

While the return of cold weather could cause some issues for plants already breaking ground, most should still make it through the winter, Childress said.  The warm weather has also reminded people to start booking their landscaping services, he added.

“We can start planning and getting ready for the spring a little earlier as opposed to when it’s just wide open in April and May,” Childress said.

“We have these waves of cold air, waves of warm air – it just is very normal to be this abnormal,” explained WFXR’s chief meteorologist John Carroll. 

While it is unusual to see temperatures change so quickly, Carroll said, the weather is never normal.

“We figure out these average temperatures for the day over a 30-year period, and they’re never really right on average,” he said. “They’re either above or below.”

With some warmer weather expected in the days ahead, you can get started on some planting, but not too much, Childress said. 

“Trees and shrubs are great to go in the ground right now,” he said. “Way too early for spring and summer annuals and vegetables and that type of stuff. We’re way far from that.”

During the upcoming warm days, Childress suggests watering any newer or younger plants you have, but said it is definitely too early to turn on your sprinkler for the season.

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