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South Florida Lawns
01-10-2010, 06:06 PM
Thats way too cold for me! Tomorrow is supposed to be the coldest yet. Luckily this week is our off week for mowing. I think I'm gonna tell my guys to just hibernate down at my shop with the heater and clean some equipment.

billslawn89
01-10-2010, 06:33 PM
this is just crazy! i did all my maintenance on my mowers on friday before this cold blast came. not doing much either, just gonna drive by my clients this week with the string trimmer and blower and clean things up.

Lehighlawnpros
01-10-2010, 06:37 PM
Brrr, roger that.

I'm so acclimated to the summer heat that anything below 60 degrees is cold for me.
We've been hibernating as well, and will probably extend our mowing interval out to four weeks (residentials).

grassman177
01-10-2010, 08:20 PM
that is crazy for florida, i bet plants are weaping over due to the cold and the oranges, well we all ,know where that is going.

Greg78
01-10-2010, 08:30 PM
Brrr, roger that.

I'm so acclimated to the summer heat that anything below 60 degrees is cold for me.
We've been hibernating as well, and will probably extend our mowing interval out to four weeks (residentials).

Same here Bob, below 60 and I have to put on the thermal underwear LOL

Cummins343
01-10-2010, 08:35 PM
ha. It was -13 here.

Greg78
01-10-2010, 08:39 PM
Next week not looking to bad. Might go out for some reds later in the week.

Schuley
01-10-2010, 09:40 PM
lol........ try living up north! I have to keep my block heater on my truck plugged in or it WONT START due to the below 0 temps! My Aunt lives in florida and she freaks out when it gets below 60. Too funny. I was out pushing around snow a couple days ago...another 7".

KrayzKajun
01-10-2010, 09:45 PM
tell me bout it! been in the low 20s-high teens for the past three days here!! ughhh

Frontier-Lawn
01-10-2010, 09:58 PM
And its pretty bad when alaska is warmer then FL

South Florida Lawns
01-10-2010, 10:27 PM
I love it when all the northern guys chime in with lower temps. You guys always try and out do us. You guys don't understand alot of us aren't exactly used to/prepared for these temps so we just hibernate lol.

JB1
01-10-2010, 10:36 PM
I love it when all the northern guys chime in with lower temps. You guys always try and out do us. You guys don't understand alot of us aren't exactly used to/prepared for these temps so we just hibernate lol.



its all in your head, haven't you heard of global warming, your just dreaming of cold weather.

DA Quality Lawn & YS
01-11-2010, 12:45 AM
I love it when all the northern guys chime in with lower temps. You guys always try and out do us. You guys don't understand alot of us aren't exactly used to/prepared for these temps so we just hibernate lol.

Northern guys shouldn't brag about freezing their bunns off.
I, for one, am already tired of this below 0 crap.

I feel for you guys down in FL though. Orange prices ought to be going up at the stores soon, right?
I'll bet you long for those days of heat and high humidity:)

MikeKle
01-11-2010, 12:54 AM
It may be cold now down in Fl, but it is rare, and will not happen again anytime soon! This is just a fluke right now!

Glenn Lawn Care
01-11-2010, 01:02 AM
Thats way too cold for me! Tomorrow is supposed to be the coldest yet. Luckily this week is our off week for mowing. I think I'm gonna tell my guys to just hibernate down at my shop with the heater and clean some equipment.

you want cheese to go with that whine? i'm just kidding. that is pretty cold. it was -20 here last week, this week mid to high 30's.

Storm the Patriot
01-11-2010, 02:37 AM
Its that daggoon global warming...arent they a bunch of idiots?

sorry i know this isnt the politcal thread, but these loonie libs drive me crazy.

Richard Martin
01-11-2010, 05:26 AM
Its that daggoon global warming...arent they a bunch of idiots?

There's a weather man up your way named Marty Bass. He's on in the mornings with Don Scott on Ch 13. He once said about wild warm and cold swings in the weather... "Weather has a way of balancing it's self out. Nature will do it's best to correct any temperatures out of the normal."

jvanvliet
01-11-2010, 07:30 AM
Brrr, roger that.

I'm so acclimated to the summer heat that anything below 60 degrees is cold for me.
We've been hibernating as well, and will probably extend our mowing interval out to four weeks (residentials).

60? Anything below 72 and I'm chilled. My wife however is in "that time of life" and walking around in bare feet & short sleeves.. it's 64 in the house... can't wait for her to go to work so i can turn on the heat.

Grass ain't growing much so it looks like a little weed eating & blower work. Had to cancel sod installation... too cold.

lawnboy dan
01-11-2010, 09:02 AM
my swiming pool is frozen-yet the leaves still wont come off the trees! i have no work-did 1 lawn last week. i should be up to my neck in leaf cleanups .....but nooooo

BearWise Landscapers
01-11-2010, 10:33 AM
It should be warmer by the end of the week.

Florida Gardener
01-11-2010, 12:08 PM
^ we will have highs right around the 80's by the end of this week. Big swing from a high of 48 this past Sat. down here. I don't mind this cold b/c it means less work to be done. Although, some of my customer's that have goldmound and other select plants haven't faired so well with this cold. Good thing is they will come back. Our lowest temp. was 31 or so this past weekend. It is only getting warmer from that point.

JosephLawnCare
01-11-2010, 12:11 PM
Sissys.
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MOW ED
01-11-2010, 12:16 PM
I will still come down there even if its 11. At least everything is still green. What isn't green up here is the Packers and their poor little tears are freezing on their faces. That was a great game. No I am not a fan.

I wonder if Disney has any sledding hills in the plan?

GravelyNut
01-11-2010, 12:31 PM
http://www.mytractorforum.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=88930&stc=1&thumb=1&d=1263221689It was down to freezing here yesterday and 30° F this morning. And I'm 30 mile SW of downtown Miami.

Florida Gardener
01-11-2010, 12:48 PM
^wow that is crazy

MikeKle
01-11-2010, 01:09 PM
As mentioned earlier, nature does indeed balance itself out, like if we get tons of snow in the winter, usually, the following summer will be fairly dry, and the summer will be very wet, if we dont have much snow, but sometimes it doesnt work this way everytime.

Florida Gardener
01-11-2010, 05:45 PM
Man! I went to some of my full service accounts today and so many plants got fried. Begonia odorata, copperleaf, artillery fern, caricature plant, spindle palms,etc. I wouldn't have had to do much today but i was cutting everything back from the cold and wind damage!

billslawn89
01-11-2010, 06:00 PM
diamond...would it of been better to just leave the plants the way they were, instead of cutting them back until the cold weather has passed, to keep them protected or am i thinking wrong? this weather does suck! some of my plants are all wilted, even had them covered.

MikeKle
01-11-2010, 06:01 PM
The real sissys are the ones who choose to live in areas like I do, where it gets crazy cold every freakin year, and yet we still stay here year after year?!! Something is VERY wrong if your area can get up to over 100 degrees with high humidity in the summer, and in the winter can get to way below zero with bad wind chills! Isnt it usually just one extreme or the other, but not both? This area I live in (northern ky) is so goofy weather wise! That is why the cost of living is so cheap here. I always ask the couple I know that live in southern CA with all the mud slides, earthquakes, fires, and crazy high housing costs why they dont just sell their $600K average size 1500 sqft home in Los Angeles and move here to KY, where they could easily afford a 5000+ sqft mansion in a high end area, and we do not have any of the natural disasters they do, but they always laugh and tell me they will move when KY stops having the crazy cold winters! I do not blame them one bit either!

Florida Gardener
01-11-2010, 06:05 PM
bill,

i didnt cut them all the way back, just the stuff on top that was already dead. Stuff that won't come back to matter what. We will be getting temps right around 78 later this week so it is only going to warm up every day. It was the 31-38 degree weather we had this weekend that did this. Well, even some of the plants got damaged from the 40 degree weather like the goldmound and artillery fern.

DUSTYCEDAR
01-11-2010, 06:09 PM
i like the cold but its been in the 20s which is a bit much

billslawn89
01-11-2010, 06:33 PM
bill,

i didnt cut them all the way back, just the stuff on top that was already dead. Stuff that won't come back to matter what. We will be getting temps right around 78 later this week so it is only going to warm up every day. It was the 31-38 degree weather we had this weekend that did this. Well, even some of the plants got damaged from the 40 degree weather like the goldmound and artillery fern.

oh o.k., thats what happened to some of my plants also. the tops got burned and the rest of the plant is fine. i guess my effert to cover them paid off! glad to see the 70's coming back but talking rain this weekend for my area

CkLandscapingOrlando
01-11-2010, 06:34 PM
I would leave the brown on the plants till at least mid Feb. It acts as a blanket. Besides you cant tell whats dead. That wont all show for 30 days or so

Florida Gardener
01-11-2010, 06:39 PM
Ck,

I cut the dead stuff off my goldmound, copperleaf,begonia,artillery fern,caricature plant,etc. Not all of it, but a good portion of it. Do you think the plants will come back or did I just shoot myself in the foot?

billslawn89
01-11-2010, 07:02 PM
I would leave the brown on the plants till at least mid Feb. It acts as a blanket. Besides you cant tell whats dead. That wont all show for 30 days or so

ya thats what i thought as well.

yamadooski
01-11-2010, 07:26 PM
I will still come down there even if its 11. At least everything is still green. What isn't green up here is the Packers and their poor little tears are freezing on their faces. That was a great game. No I am not a fan.

I wonder if Disney has any sledding hills in the plan?

Green...not after last night. grass is brown. palms are brown, cypress trees brown, all tropical plants wilted and brown I would stay home. Lines are still longer than ever at theme parks because our crappy dollar isnt worth anythig so every non english speaking person in the world is here visiting and not cleaning after their socialist selves.

yamadooski
01-11-2010, 07:35 PM
Ck,

I cut the dead stuff off my goldmound, copperleaf,begonia,artillery fern,caricature plant,etc. Not all of it, but a good portion of it. Do you think the plants will come back or did I just shoot myself in the foot?

I have been throught this several times and you never trim the dead stuff off until late Feb. in your area. In the Tampa area we wait until 1st week of March.
That brown dead part acts as a frost sheild for the rest of the plant.
You might be doing double the work later.
If the brown gets mushy before its time to trim then you have to get that off of there or you the plant or palm will get a fungus.
Also a copper sulfide or fungas spray put on palms after a freeze of this magnatude.

zturncutter
01-11-2010, 07:41 PM
We always wait until late February to do any pruning for the above mentioned reasons.

STIHL GUY
01-11-2010, 08:07 PM
hopefully it warms up soon for you guys

lawnboy dan
01-11-2010, 08:10 PM
it better -i am out of patience!-at least it might make the leafs finally start to fall so i can at least get out and do some cleanups.

Frontier-Lawn
01-11-2010, 09:17 PM
it better -i am out of patience!-at least it might make the leafs finally start to fall so i can at least get out and do some cleanups.

me to if it does not stop i will post up in the for-sale section the truck trailer and mowers and all else and move to the Cayman Islands.

CkLandscapingOrlando
01-11-2010, 09:29 PM
It's to early to tell if you shot yourself in the foot man. If we get another good one, It's a good chance you have. Now that cold gets to the trunks instead of just the leafs. At a minimum you will be doing double work. After the top turns brown it could be 30 days or longer before the wood shows damage. So if it looks like you need to cut back 6in then you likely need 12in after the wood shows

GravelyNut
01-11-2010, 10:37 PM
Don't look now guys but tonight is another frost night. Watching a ground level thermometer right now that shows 42°. Frost warning for us in the deep south after 0300.

zturncutter
01-11-2010, 11:56 PM
31 degrees @10:55 PM, another hard freeze again tonight.:dizzy:

Florida Gardener
01-12-2010, 01:05 AM
Yamadooski,

On the begonia and caricature plants, i cut the wilted stuff off. According to what you said, that should be fine.

As far as the copperleaf, goldmound, art. fern, I cut off part off the dead/wilted stuff, not all of it. I have a feeling the goldmound won't make it, but I know artillery fern is practically impossible to get rid of and the copperleaf still has part of the wilted/dead stuff on so I think it may end up being fine. We are getting warm temps down here in a few days(78-80) so hopefully that stays for a few weeks to get this stuff growing again.

I obviously will be doing double the work, but hopefully nothing ends up dying.

MikeKle
01-12-2010, 01:57 AM
me to if it does not stop i will post up in the for-sale section the truck trailer and mowers and all else and move to the Cayman Islands.

I will meet you there! Love the Cayman Islands! Hate the snow and cold!

TheC-Master
01-12-2010, 10:31 AM
The real sissys are the ones who choose to live in areas like I do, where it gets crazy cold every freakin year, and yet we still stay here year after year?!! Something is VERY wrong if your area can get up to over 100 degrees with high humidity in the summer, and in the winter can get to way below zero with bad wind chills! Isnt it usually just one extreme or the other, but not both? This area I live in (northern ky) is so goofy weather wise! That is why the cost of living is so cheap here. I always ask the couple I know that live in southern CA with all the mud slides, earthquakes, fires, and crazy high housing costs why they dont just sell their $600K average size 1500 sqft home in Los Angeles and move here to KY, where they could easily afford a 5000+ sqft mansion in a high end area, and we do not have any of the natural disasters they do, but they always laugh and tell me they will move when KY stops having the crazy cold winters! I do not blame them one bit either!It's like that here too... I don't even mind the heat or cold (though I like the heat better) throw in wind chill and it becomes annoying, especially since here it doesn't snow good enough for anything and it's like this for no use. The only good thing about the cold here is there are no mosquitoes or pests everywhere, but that isn't a big deal to me. I like variety, but I'm ready for the spring. It seems to be warming up and it was actually warmer when it was snowing outside.