Well, the November weather is proving to be erratic. Let’s hope that we soon get back to average high temperatures.

I am a bit worried about the low temperatures that we are supposed to have this week. We may break some records for both lows and highs for this week in November.

My concern is that many shrubs have not gone into their winter dormancy. This could allow the cold to damage the shrubs, as opposed to the normal damage caused by the wind later in the season.

Unfortunately, there isn’t a lot that we can do to prevent any damage from prematurely low temperatures. If you applied your Wilt-Pruf spray or you wrapped the shrubs with burlap, either of these things should help with moderating the early cold. In many cases, we probably won’t know for sure until spring rolls around and we can determine if there was any damage.

As strange as it seems, the lawns still appear to be growing blades of grass. I have told you before that you want your lawn to go into winter with relatively short blades of grass. You want to set your mower at the lowest possible setting when you cut the grass.

If you just skip over the mowing of the grass now, those long blades of grass will just fall over on each other, and this will create the perfect breeding ground for a disease called snow mold. Come the spring, the results of snow mold may show up as dead spots in the lawn or large sections of the lawn dying back.

Often, the grass will bounce back, but in some cases, the damage is severe enough that you may need to reseed your lawn. Please play it safe, and continue mowing your lawn until it stops putting up new blades of grass.

If you brought any houseplants in from outside, it would be a good idea to check them for any sign of insect infestations. Many people will treat the plants with an insecticide before the plants come inside, but it still doesn’t hurt to periodically check the plants throughout the winter to make sure that nothing missed the treatment and before a major infestation occurs on your plants.

It is far easier to treat a few insects and to ultimately control the problem. If you wait until you see a massive number of insects, it is almost impossible to get them under control at that point.

My advice is to initially check the plants once a week at this time of the year. If you do that for a month, you can then check the plants once a month until spring comes around.

Well, that’s all for this week. I’ll talk to you again next week.

Tim Lamprey has worked in the lawn and garden industry for 45 years. 

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