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Re: crazy weather

Definately not the expert here.... but when I added
cut up Xmas tree branches on top of my plants for some
protection I lost many plants. Seems since I didn't
grind them up like a mulch, there was a layer or
something that caused a pocket. Don't make the same
mistake I did!


--- "Christopher P. Lindsey" <lindsey@mallorn.com>

> > I am at a loss to know what to do, this crazy
> weather is so strange.
> > Most years when we take down the Christmas tree
> (never got it 
> > up this year, thanks to Chet's emergency) we cut
> the branches and
> > use them for mulch in the perennial beds.  The
> ground should be
> > frozen hard by then.  Well, we had record cold -
> single digits - in
> > early December - way too soon - followed by eight
> inches of snow.
> > So far, so good.  Now for the past two weeks the
> weather has been
> > balmy - often not below freezing even at night. 
> In some places 
> > where the plow piled snow from the drive, and in
> heavy shade, 
> > there is still a bit of snow, but in most places
> it is gone and the
> > ground is mushy. I don't know if it is frozen
> below the first few
> > inches or not.  I don't want to mulch if it will
> keep the ground
> > from freezing later - don't know what to do.  Any
> ideas?
> > Auralie
> Hi Auralie,
>    I'm having the same problems here.  The recent
> warm spell has actually
>    forced some of the stuff in the cold frame to
> leaf out.  I'm concerned
>    for the hosta that are in there!
>    I would still go around and mulch.  I think it's
> going to get cold
>    again in February and any mulch that you add
> won't be enough to stop
>    the ground from freezing.
> Chris
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