Change in weather is beneficial for yard

By: Joseph Dames Email
By: Joseph Dames Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) – Hot, cold, dry and now wet. Weather has been changing rapidly in the Valley and probably has you wondering when it’s good to plant in your yard, or if you've already planted, you may be worried your plants are now ruined.

It's no secret that the weather has been a seasonal seesaw over the last few weeks, and though the rain might dampen your travels, the cool wet weather will likely have a much-needed impact in your yard.

It has been a battle for resident Paul Pitton, as the changing weather has created a bed of damage through his yard.

"This has been unique. I’ve lost a couple of trees; I’ve lost a number of shrubs, roses, all kinds of things in my yard," he said.

As he hits the nursery to restock and restore, plant experts say now is the perfect time to root plants in the soil.

"This little bit of cooler weather and wetter weather-- the plants are thriving on it," horticulture specialist Susan Rose said.

Rose said it's a nice change because the transition between winter and summer doesn't often happen here in the Western Slope.

“We often go from very cold to very hot with not much in-between, and a long period in-between with a slow climb from cold to hot weather is where plants can really thrive,” she said.

The weather impact has touched local nurseries as well. They say the current weather is something that might slow down business, but is healthy for the plants.

"I think I will always take the moisture. It kind of sets business back a bit, but we do struggle from drought conditions and anytime we get moisture, we'll take it," Mt. Garfield Nursery’s Larry Robinson said.

Landscaping experts say embrace the wet conditions and use the water while you can before the summer dryness arrives.

Plant experts say not to worry if your plants seem a bit behind. With the cooler weather, everything is blooming a couple weeks late, but the buds should blossom and mature normally.

In the meantime, you can check your soil to make sure your water content is OK. The best way to do that is just to get down and feel it. You should be able to roll it into a ball in your hand. If the soil falls apart, you need more moisture.

If you run into problems or are looking to learn some new tricks, Colorado State University Extension does offer classes.

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