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Cold Weather: Be Glad You're Not a Bug or Weed

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On the good side, the cold weather might mean fewer weeds and insects this spring and summer. On the good side, the cold weather might mean fewer weeds and insects this spring and summer.

PASCO, WA - On the good side, the cold weather might mean fewer weeds and insects this spring and summer.

But it depends on the type of weed and bug.

Robin Kusske at the Franklin County Noxious Weed Control Board says it was such a mild winter last year that many weeds species never went dormant. "They never stopped growing," Kusske says.

But the recent sub-freezing days and nights could doom a lot of weed species.

Uunfortunately, the cold weather could also affect the plants you want to keep, especially younger plants and the newer growth on established plants.

"It's below freezing. It's in the teens and it's staying that way. Sustained for quite a long time. So that's going to affect the insects. It's going to affect the plants. It's going to affect the animals that are out there, too, and how they are going to get their food."

Kusske says the faster the temperature drops and the colder it gets, and the longer it stays that way, the greater damage to the plant.

However, some weeds, including puncture vine, also known as Goathead, could actually benefit from the freezing weather, Kusske says.

"That hard, thick burr, the thorn opens up, so the seeds inside actually out, allowing it to germinate the following year."  

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