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Most Recent UMass Landscape Message

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We here at Hoxie are always scouring the internet to find the best articles to share with our friends.  This is one that we think is particularly helpful and informative regarding the mild winter we had this season!  It is broken down depending on where you live or where you are interested in – Cape Cod or Southeastern MA:

 

U Mass Landscape Message 3/29/12

Cape Cod Region (Barnstable) – General Conditions: The Cape experienced much higher than average temperatures for most of this reporting period. Temperatures in the upper 70’s F have really advanced plant development. Many ornamentals have leafed out and some are in bloom well ahead of their normal appearance. Unfortunately, a return to more normal conditions has caused some cold temperature damage to the early bloomers. Overnight temperatures on March 26/27 reached 27° F and overnight on March 27/28 reached a low of 25° F. Daytime highs for the past several days have not gotten out of the 40’s F. The extended forecast is for continued cool temperatures with periods of rain, which is needed. There has only been trace precipitation since the last report, although showers are forecast for today (3/28). Buttercup winter hazel and Spike winter hazel (Corylopsis paucifolia and C. spicata) are in full bloom along with Glory of the Snow (Chionadoxa spp.) and daffodils.

Pests/Problems: Cold temperature damage is evident on Star Magnolia, with the white petals turning brown from exposure to temperatures in the mid-20’s F. Spike winter hazel (C. spicata) is also showing freeze damage to the blossoms. Other plants may exhibit damage in the coming days. Winter moth hatch is under way and tiny caterpillars are being found in buds. Adult deer ticks are active. Thorough tick checks are warranted several times during the day. At the end of the day, put your clothes through a ten minute cycle in the dryer to kill any hitchhiking ticks. Carpenter ants have been observed. Winter annual weeds are growing strong.

Southeast Region – General Conditions: Hanson received a trace amount of rain (0.32 inches) this past week and soils are very dry. March showed extremes in temperature going from a high of 82 degrees on March 22, to overnight lows of 25 degrees on Monday March 27 and 28 degrees on March 28.  The warm winter weather has contributed to bringing many plants into early bloom: Lindera benzoin, Magnolia stellata, M. x loebneri ‘Leonard Messel’, Cornus mas (Corneliancherry Dogwood), Corylopsis spicata, early azaleas, Prunus sp. (cherries), Rhododendron mucronulatum, Stachyurus praecox, Lonicera fragrantissima (Fragrant Honeysuckle), Chaenomeles speciosa (Common Floweringquince), Forsythia, Pieris japonica, Pieris floribunda, Pieris ‘Brouwer’s Beauty’, Jasminum nudiflorum (winter jasmine), red maple,Spiraea thunbergii ‘Ogon’, Salix sp. (pussy willow), Omphalodes verna, Petasites japonicus, early daffodils, hyacinths, Scilla sibirica, Chionodoxa luciliae, Dicentra cucullaria  (Dutchman’s Breeches), Pachysandra terminalis, Pachysandra procumbens, Pulmonaria, Sanguinaria canadensis (Blood root), Jeffersonia diphylla,Helleborus niger, H. foetidus, H. x hybridus (formerly orientalis), Corydalis solida, Trillium, Primrose, Ranunculus ficaria and Vinca minor are in full bloom.  Epimedium sp. are beginning to bloom.  Lawns are greening up.  The two nights of cold temperatures damaged some of the early flowering star magnolias but overall the plants that were in flower, look good. Spring is definitely early but spring is definitely here!

Pests/Problems: Winter moth caterpillar eggs started to hatch in Hanson, MA on approximately March 24th.  This is the earliest appearance for winter moth to date.  The very tiny, black (1st instar) winter moth caterpillars were found in the expanding buds of apple, crabapple, lilac and Japanese maples.  The caterpillars will become light green in color as they feed.  Adult deer ticks, wasps, boxelder bugs and mosquitoes are active.  Reports of deer ticks being numerous this year continue to be heard. Conduct tick checks frequently, especially after yard cleanups.  Monitor hemlocks for the white cottony egg masses of hemlock woolly adelgid.  Ladybugs and Western conifer seed bugs are active indoors.  Now is a good time to monitor for black knot disease on plums and cherries; if found, prune out and destroy.  The following weeds are in full bloom: ground ivy, bittercress, dandelion, and chickweed. Deer and rabbit continue to browse.