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Words of Winds-dom: Protecting Your Plants and Home from Winter Winds

Has it been cold enough for you this winter? Temperatures have certainly been low and the wind chill makes some days feel even colder. Wind chill is how cold the air feels on your skin, resulting from the combined effect of low temperatures and wind. Fortunately, because plants don't have skin, they aren't affected by wind chill the same way we are. If the temperature is 40°F, and the wind chill makes the air feel like 30°F, the plant still behaves as if it is 40°F.


The Silver Lining to Falling Mercury: Celebrating a Deep Freeze

Has everyone thawed out from last week's deep freeze? While for most of us the plummeting temperatures meant staying indoors or wearing an extra layer of clothes, some rejoiced at the dropping mercury. Who would those crazy people be, you might ask? Entomologists, foresters, and naturalists see a silver lining to the extreme cold, a cold which has the potential to thwart or even kill invasive insects attacking our treasured native plants and trees.