The Valspring Group Reports Greenhouse Species Destruction From Harsh Winter

Paul H. Grimm, President of The Valspring Group expands upon previous report on the devastation of the greenhouse/nursery industry. This past winter’s harsh weather in the Eastern United States caused both structural destruction and damage to many horticultural species.

The Gardener’s Friends, (TGF), a product brand of The Valspring Group, produces gardening tools that are ergonomically designed for gardeners suffering various hand mobility conditions. Grimm, a veteran nurseryman, elaborates upon the vast destruction to greenhouse growers and nurserymen along the Eastern Coast of the United States including some affected species. This past winter, termed the “Siberian Express” by meteorologists, has widely affected the greenhouse/nursery industry with record-breaking low temperatures and massive storms. These 119-year-old record-breaking temperatures, in one report from the EPA, discussed one of the on-farm impacts – soil erosion. According to the report, soil erosion due to harsh weather, caused lower fertility levels, the development of rills and gullies in fields, poor crop yields, less water infiltration into the soil, more soil crusting and more runoff in the spring.

A report from the Mississippi State University Office of Agricultural Communications reported that the heavy weight of the snow buried many plants and splayed, or pushed out the trunks and branches of small trees and shrubs including Meserve hollies, hydrangeas, Taxus, Bamboo, to name a few.

Some of the weather-related factors that had an impact on the agricultural and horticultural industries include wind desiccation, leaf scorch/reflective damage and salt damage affecting such species as Skip laurel, Cherry laurel, Holly, Rhododendron, Azalea, Japanese pieris, Leucothor, Skimmia, Boxwood, various needle evergreens, Leyland cypress, Yews and Arborvitae.

Says Grimm, “Many species were destroyed and/or thwarted due to the harsh weather conditions. Businesses were destroyed, and those who survived structural damages suffer economic losses due to the inability to sell a larger selection of plants, shrubs, vegetables or fruit. More importantly, the losses are passed down to the consumer who will have to pay higher prices or will not be able to include certain varieties of plants and/or flowers to their landscape.”

Setbacks are not unique to the greenhouse/nursery industry, nor are tenacity, a strong backbone and an innate ability to survive and overcome obstacles that may arise.

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