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Yes that is tough the fruit trees sometimes will survive mild frosts well mine do,of course it depends on the severity. I would give the pruning a miss this year and take a chance. 

posted by C_C_T on February 28, 2018 at 12:11 AM | link to this | reply

I do hope your yard gets under control. Our weather is off also but who can do anything about it? As for red birds, there are a slew of them here, not totally red but with red chests. If that counts, I must be operating an angel clubhouse here... lol. 

posted by RPresta on February 27, 2018 at 2:27 PM | link to this | reply

corbin, i like your idea about the lights, i have plenty to put on the trees. but my well is on the blink because i have a short somewhere in the yard where we ran the electric lines to the well and i need an electrician. on my list of things to do. so i am stuck with my water company and it is to expensive to even wash your car at home let alone water the yard.  thank goodness it has been raining all the time for the last 2-3 weeks.

posted by overtherainbow on February 27, 2018 at 2:16 PM | link to this | reply

I am thankful that grass here is not 6" high and that the early blooms

have not come forth yet. We're sure to get at least one more snow and cold snap in March -- almost always do. But I did notice my tulips are poking up through the ground, and the bulbs have multiplied... Good luck with your fruit trees. 

posted by Pat_B on February 27, 2018 at 2:15 PM | link to this | reply

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If you have a large tree that needs protection, running sprinklers at the coldest time of the day (usually between 4:00AM and 6:00AM) can give it a slight edge. The strategy makes use of latent heat released when water changes from liquid to a solid.  When ice crystals form on the leaf surface they draw moisture from the leaf tissue. The damage from this dehydration will be less severe if the plant is not already drought-stressed.

posted by Corbin_Dallas on February 27, 2018 at 2:07 PM | link to this | reply

Some growers use mist; leave misters on over night when frost threatens. As the mist freezes on the blossoms a small amount of heat is released.

You could experiment with outdoor Christmas lights. Arrange the bulbs throughout the tree canopy, and turn them on when frost threatens. The small amount of heat given off by the bulbs may be enough to prevent damage.

posted by Corbin_Dallas on February 27, 2018 at 2:03 PM | link to this | reply

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