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Freezing Weather and Tree Planting Can Be a Deadly Combination

This weekend will bring the first significant freezing event of the winter season. Freezing weather can have a detrimental effect on seedling vigor and survival both in the nursery beds and after planting. This is particularly true when warm days (60’s and 70’s) are followed by quickly falling temperatures going well below freezing as is forecast in many southern areas this weekend.
It is best to shutdown planting at least one day before the freezing event. After the event has passed, planting can be resumed. Be aware that these freeze events can also be accompanied by high, desiccating winds. Carefully monitor seedlings planted immediately before a severe temperature drop as well. Signs of damage will usually appear within two weeks. Still, don’t panic! Many times, seedlings will recover. If not, replanting may be necessary.

 Below are some minimum temperatures forecasted by the National Weather Service as of noon, January 4, 2017. Please be alert and take precautions where necessary.
    Minimum Temperatures (F)  
City State Friday Saturday Sunday  
Little Rock Arkansas 19 19 21  
Lufkin Texas 26 24 30  
Monroe Louisiana 24 22 26  
Jackson Mississippi 25 22 24  
Montgomery Alabama 31 24 23  
Macon Georgia 38 24 22  
Atlanta Georgia 31 20 18  
Albany Georgia 42 27 26  
Savannah Georgia 46 27 24  
Tallahassee Florida 45 29 27  
Summerville S.C. 38 22 18  
Columbia S.C. 20 17 22  
Raleigh N.C. 29 17 8  
Fayetteville N.C. 32 17 13  
Richmond Virginia 23 15 7  
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