A warm start to December means more time to enjoy outdoor activities

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BALLWIN, Mo. – The early days of weather winter felt nothing like the season should. In fact, Thursday felt like a mid-October day. People were shedding layers and enjoying the day at the park.

Jamie Anderson took her 18-month-old daughter, Elsie, to Sugar Creek Park this afternoon to let her run and burn off some of her toddler’s energy.

“Oh my God, it’s so beautiful. It’s amazing in December, being outside in the park in short sleeves. The weather is beautiful. It’s beautiful,” Anderson said. go out whenever we have glorious weather like this.”

Bob and Dotty Hill took advantage of the warm weather and had time for a walk in the park, with Bob having to ditch his flannel.

“I had to take that off because it was so hot. I don’t want to sweat in December,” Bob said.

“We just take advantage of it. We turned on the Christmas lights this afternoon and decided to take our walk,” Dotty said. “He wanted to go fishing in Montauk, but we didn’t.”

Bob said he enjoys the ups and downs of the weather in St. Louis, but prefers when the weather is mild.

“I think it’s part of the ebbs and flows of the weather that we’re going to see from time to time. It’s good to have records that explain why you keep them,” he said.

Not only was it hot, but November was the third driest month on record. Although the irrigation systems have been winterized, it’s not a bad idea to hook up your hoses during the day and water.

Zachary Berg, horticulturist at Greenscape Gardens, says your pines and spruces are tough and only need water about once a month during the winter, but some evergreens need more.

“But then when you go into the evergreen hardwoods like we have hollies here,” Berg said. “We have some magnolias. There’s a boxwood over here. They like a little more water if it hasn’t rained or snowed. They’re still photosynthesising, so they just need a little more, a little push.

Water broadleaf evergreens, any new plants, and any decorative pots with cut branches weekly or bi-weekly during these long dry periods.

“Next time we will have good rain which will hold us back for a few weeks. So you shouldn’t really have to watch them,” Berg said. “But I still think it’s a good idea to check your stuff once in a while, just in case.”

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