According to the calendar, spring is just a few weeks away. For gardeners and all the others who enjoy the outdoors, it is the time when optimism reaches its peak. We contemplate the greening of the grass, the emergence of spring bulbs, and most of all—fresh green leaves on the trees.
Every New Year comes with a wish list and 2012 is no exception. But what is unique about this year is that collectively we are hoping for the same thing: We wish that 2012 is the year when we can say the weather fits within the constraints of “normal”. No extremes. No records set.
We look forward to a spring with crisp mornings, mild afternoons, and April showers that bring May flowers and higher lake levels. We anticipate the proportional growth of trees and shade.
We wish for a summer that begins in late June, just as noted on the calendar. High temperatures can exceed 100 degrees five or six times in July and August for the sole purpose of providing a topic of conversation, but morning temperatures must be cool. About 68 degrees will do. A light breeze out of the northeast will be greatly appreciated on the weekends to make yard work palatable and picnics enjoyable. We wish for three inches of rain during each of the three summer months, too. Spread those events out as if they were scheduled with an irrigation system controller—mostly during the nights.
We wish for a fall that starts in September, as soon after Labor Day as it would like. Those first cool, dry northwesterly winds are highly anticipated. Temperatures can copy our wish for spring (see above). Appropriate rains in October and November will make this fall memorable. Our principle activity will be morning walks and admiring beautiful leaves.
Winter can fill the calendar constraints. But our wish, remember, is no extremes and no records set. Two snow events are sufficient as long as accumulations result in children crafting snowmen and Facebook can be flooded with digital photos. Temperatures are not to drop below 18 degrees and a sweater or lightweight jacket is needed on the warmest days.
While not all of these wishes may come to full fruition, there is one wish that all of us at Arborilogical Services hold dear: We wish to thank you for entrusting the care of your trees to us. No matter what challenges this year’s weather bring, we will be there to meet your tree care needs.