With respect to influence on plant growth and health, it is the amount and frequency of rainfall received during the growing season that is of greater significance than the total amount of precipitation in a given year. When defining a drought year, the pattern and frequency of rainfall are clearly more important than the total amount of rain.
For years I was unhappy with the results of our tree fertility program using available fertilizers on the market. After attending a talk by Dr. Elaine Ingham many years ago on the soil food web, my partner and I decided to try compost teas. Once we experienced the power of compost tea on a lawn installation we decide to make compost tea the foundation for our tree fertility program.
Last November/December my phone was abuzz with reports from many clients in Southeastern Massachusetts, letting me know of these little “whitish” moths flying around porch lights during the evening hours. I noticed on several properties, as we raked leaves, moths swirling about at waist height and quickly retuning to the ground. This is a sure sign of the presence of winter moth. It appears we will be having a heavy infestation of these non native caterpillars this spring.