Posted: June 27, 2018

Winona, MN residents with a 'green thumb' are at least somewhat in tune with the growth of their plants year-round. The cyclical nature of familiar plants can be predicted merely with exposure. With a little experience, predicting their next stage of plant growth becomes fairly simple. However, living in a heavily varying climate means that plant growth doesn't always go as expected. The horticultural experts at Maier Tree and Lawn don't just understand the natural cycles of your plants, but they also utilize growing degree days in order to schedule and apply care whenever and however it’s most effective. This means happy plants, happy gardeners, and a beautiful looking lawn all throughout the growing season.

Growing degree days are a way to calculate the pace at which your plants will grow. GDDs are calculated using an equation that takes into account average temperatures, predicted temperatures, and the temperatures at which plants are most predisposed towards growth. This means that even if temperatures are different than predicted, or different from previous years, your plants’ growth can still be predicted and thus catered to appropriately.

Using growing degree days, our experts can determine when and how to best cultivate plant growth and sustain long term health for a variety of plant types. By predicting a plant's next step, we can step away or give extra care as needed rather than relying solely on guesswork. For some plant life, this can be the difference between thriving and shriveling young.

Along with promoting general plant health, the horticultural experts with Maier Tree and Lawn utilize growing degree days in order to apply insecticides and other preventative measures and treatments. Since insect activity also related to the stage that your plants are currently in, growing degree days allow professionals to apply treatment at the right moment to maximize effectiveness.

If you're interested in taking advantage of growing degree days in Winona, MN, or are looking for advice on sustaining consistent plant growth on your property, contact the horticultural professionals with Maier Tree and Lawn today at (507) 454-7000 or by visiting our website here for more information.

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