Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Texas Winter Weather
We've had mostly warm (above 45 degrees) weather and a fair amount of rain this fall and winter so far. A few of the nights have been below freezing, but not by much. I don't know if this will cause our new fruit trees to bud out early or not, but if they do, there is a chance a late freeze could do some damage. I would hate to see the first year's growth stunted.
I have to admit, I am kinda impatient to see if all the new trees bud out and begin to grow. Right now They are only thin little sticks with no leaves. I will be checking on them every couple of weeks, usually, and will let you know when I see new growth happening.
The hot summer months will be more of a challenge for us. We live 2 1/2 hours from our little homestead right now and if there is not enough rain, it will require frequent trips to water the new trees. Not that I mind the drive up there, it's scenic once we turn off the freeway near Huntsville. Perhaps I can rig up a temporary irrigation system. A garden hose, some tubing and emitters, and a timer should do the trick.
I have another job ahead of meas well as regards to the fruit trees. I still need to put up some posts and fencing around the individual trees to prevent damage from deer, rabbits, and other critters.