A summer thunderstorm forces a break in Laura’s workday and pause for thought.
It’s July 1, 2013, I’m at a local hospital where I’m pruning several plum trees (Prunus Cerasifera) that line the parking lot. Rather, I WAS pruning the trees. Right now I am sitting in my truck waiting for the thunder and lightning storm and deluge of rain to pass.
All this rain we’ve had lately is not ideal weather for ArborTech or do-it-yourself homeowners to get tree work done. In the Greater Springfield area of Western Massachusetts we had more than 8” of rain in June – more than double the average. The heavy rainfall is kind of a mixed bag as far as the trees and shrubs are concerned. On the one hand, this amount of rain is just what the plants want at this time of the season. The past several years have brought us drought conditions so this is a boon to trees and shrubs. On the other hand, all this rain and humidity create ideal conditions for many fungal diseases. Anthracnose and Black Spot on Rose are two examples of fungal diseases that thrive in this kind of weather. If you see spots on leaves, defoliation or other plant problems, call ArborTech and we’ll come by to assess the situation.
The rain has stopped for a minute, so I better finish up my pruning before the next round of thunderstorms.