Monthly Archives: March 2014

The Good, the Bad, and the Freezing: What to expect when the snow melts

hardiness map

It’s now mid-March, and maybe, perhaps, we’re done with the snowfall. We might get to actually see our yards and gardens, very soon. So what can we expect lying beneath the melting snow? Good things? Bad things? UGLY things?

 

The simple answer is a little bit of all of the above.

First, the good news. Extreme cold weather can kill off larvae and fungi. Remember our post last year about the Emerald Ash Borer? Those little guys might not be as much of a problem this summer, thanks to the polar vortex. Cold weather can lead to a better tomato growing season as well, keeping the ph in the soil low, eliminating Black Spot, and killing off aphids. Another neat trick winter can perform on your veggies? A process called cold-sweetening, where plants break down their energy resources as free sugars in order to stay warm and guard against frost damage. Just like salt spread on roads and sidewalks, these sugars protect the plant before it can freeze, with the added benefit of giving you a sweeter harvest.

The bad news? Ornamental trees are sensitive, they can get easily damaged by a harsh winter. Now is the time to prune, your Japanese Maples especially, to prevent further damage.  Planting zones can be thrown out of whack be extreme weather, a zone 6 could potentially go down as low as a zone 4. You might need to replace perennials sensitive to cold like Hosta and Japanese Anemone.

No one can predict what the weather will do. Educate yourself on the best plants for your temperate zone, keep sensitive plants covered, and stay alert to falling temperatures. Your landscaper can recommend the best plants for where you live, so call a professional when in doubt. Of course, the best way to protect your landscape is early prevention in the autumn, before temperatures drop. Last year we were forced to cancel five fall clean ups because of the early snow, book early!

Ben’s Beard 2014

Spring is only a week away, so they tell us, must be time to shave Ben’s beard!!

The even will occur on April 17th, and we’re just hoping the boys won’t need their beards by then. In addition to Ben and Jeremy, Patrick Bohan, who joined the Algiere’s team in May, has also put his razor aside all winter and is ready to get shorn for charity!

 

This year all proceeds will go to support St. Vincent de Paul Place in Norwich. Supporting those in need in Norwich, St Vincent de Paul provides meals on site, as well as a pantry for folks who need food at home. In this way, the organization can help the homeless and those on a limited income gain more independence. To give a donation, you can use the link below, putting Ben’s Beard in the gift section. This year you can also give a food donation as well, bringing canned and paper goods to their downtown Norwich location, at 120 Cliff Street, the old St. Joseph’s school. Paper and nonperishable food donations can also be dropped off at the Greater Norwich Chamber of Commerce, located at 112 Main St.  Currently they’re in need of tuna fish, pasta sauce, canned soup, pasta, oatmeal, butter/margarine, napkins, paper towels, and garbage bags.

So forget the groundhog and the snow still on the ground, Ben’s Beard is the TRUE sign of spring, make your donation today!

 

https://www.networkforgood.org/donation/MakeDonation.aspx?ORGID2=060687373

 

 

 

Time for a shave!

Time for a shave!