Mother Natures definitely gone off her meds. First she served a warm snap that invited magnolia and cherry trees to push out buds, while eager-beaver daffodils, tulips and crocuses poked through defrosted soil. Then she chased that with a bitter cold snap (14 degrees frigid enough for ya?) that plunged bulbs and everything else into a deep freeze. And theres more. On Tuesday, a winter storm promises to blanket everything under 18-plus inches of snow.
WTF? As in, what (about) the flowers? Can trees and plants take getting dumped on by a foot-and-a-half of white stuff? Chris Roddick, a member of the New York State Arborists and a grounds foreman at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, told the Daily News that in one way theres a silver lining. The snow will benefit bulbs coming up by covering and insulating them, he said. So theres that.
But its a bit of a different story for trees that have jumped the gun and budded a couple of weeks early.
Were concerned about that, said Roddick. Its going to be a wet heavy snow and tree branches can get broken.
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Where possible, limbs have been tied up at the 52-acre garden in Brooklyn as a preventive measure. Groundspeople will knock snow off of limbs where they can.
Youd be wise to do the same at home, but be careful out there, urged Roddick, who saw the forest through the trees while regarding the approaching storm. Trees are rooted in. They cant run away, he said. But theyve dealt with weather and storms for millions of years. Theyre resilient.
Brian Sullivan, vice president for landscape, gardens and outdoor collections at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx concurred.
Some trees have started to push early growth, and those green tips might die back. (Hence the notion of getting nipped in the bud.) But,” he added, “new growth will replace it.