Ohio State professor finds minimal winter damage to local vegetation

Professor Joe Boggs Pruning Shrubs At Glenwood Gardens (WKRC/Scott Dimmich)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - "Our worst fears have not been realized," said Professor Joe Boggs with the Ohio State University Extension and the Department of Entomology.

Boggs has been surveying local vegetation each spring for more than two decades. His focus was on damage when inspecting Glenwood Gardens in Woodlawn this season.

"Had we experienced what some have experienced in northern Ohio where the temperatures were moving towards 0°, we may not have gotten so lucky," explained Boggs,

Boggs told Local 12 that there was speculation going into the start of spring that there would be damage to local plants and shrubs as a result of warming and cooling temperatures, but so far his subjective analysis says that's not a concern.

"In an urban setting like we find ourselves here, we have the ground, that never really froze to any extent this winter, served as a heat sync to release that heat, and of course with the concrete and so on, it's also releasing heat to help temper the effects," said Boggs.

So will winter and early spring weather impact blooms at local parks?

"For the average for this spring so far, I think what they are going to see is a minimal of everything in terms of die-back. What they will see though is they are mowing a lot sooner than they thought they ever thought they would," explained Boggs.

Boggs cautioned that the Tri-State is not out of the woods from damage, as frosts and freezes are common throughout April and May.

"In April, as we usually get some very freezing temperatures, we could still see damage. We could still see plants that in June start seeing some die-back, but so far, so good." said Boggs.

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