March 28, 2016—Yesterday, you had on shorts and your flowers were starting to bloom. Today, you have on snow boots. Confused? So are your plants and trees.
Reno’s temperamental weather can “confuse” trees, making them want to shut down their systems or go dormant again. But, they won’t really have the required lack of light and the longer periods of colder temperatures to do that again, until the next winter season (hence the confusion). This will have ramifications with trees that were in bloom and those about to bud.
Many fruit-bearing trees were not able to set their blossoms before this latest storm. The result may be lost fruit production. Unfortunately, there is nothing to do about that, except wait until next season and try again.
The delayed blossoming of non-fruit bearing trees will be mostly that—delayed. Still, some new growth may be lost at the tips of these trees. This will require non-dormant season pruning of the tips to remove the dead wood. The good news is that it should not be a major problem, but in an area like Northern Nevada, we never like to lose any new growth as trees struggle to survive our climate every year, so they grow slower here than other moderate climates.
Another side effect of this storm that we are already seeing is that there are broken tree limbs due to the amount of moisture in the snow and the weight of the snow.
The first day of spring this year was on March 20, but no one seemed to tell Northern Nevada’s weather that.
Here’s the good news, we have an arbor department with ISA certified arborists. So, just cozy up inside and let us take care of your trees (775-857-4333).