What about the effects of last years drought?

Posted on: July 14, 2009

Well, in 2007 we had three major climatic events; the late frost in early April, a major ice storm on February 13/14 and the drought throughout the summer. All of these events affected our trees; We had flowers on our trees in the summer months on trees that normally only flower in the spring. This occured because the late frost killed many of the primary buds. When this happens the tree's self defence mechanism activates secondary bud growth to make up for the loss, hence late flowering. The drought has killed a lot of the trees hairy fibrous roots and caused minimal root and twig elongation. I expect bud production and leaf formation to be 80% this year compared to last. And that's if we don't have any more catastrophies.