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

BALLWIN, Mo. – The first days of meteorological winter felt nothing of what the season should have. In fact, Thursday felt like a day in mid-October. People were throwing diapers and enjoying the day at the park.

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

“Oh my God, it’s so beautiful. It’s amazing in December, to be out in the park in short sleeves. It’s sunny. It’s beautiful,” Anderson said. “I try to do it. go out whenever we have wonderful weather like this. “

Bob and Dotty Hill took advantage of the warm weather and had time to walk around the park, with Bob having to give up his flannel.

“I had to get out of it because it was so hot. I don’t want to sweat in December, ”said Bob.

“We’re just enjoying it. We turned on the Christmas lights this afternoon and decided to take a walk, ”Dotty said. “He wanted to go fishing in Montauk, but we didn’t do it for that one. “

Bob said he likes the ups and downs of the weather in St. Louis, but prefers it when the weather is warm.

“I think that’s part of the ebb and flow of time 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 do some watering.

Zachary Berg, horticulturalist at Greenscape Gardens, says your pines and spruces are hardy and only need water about once a month in the winter, but some conifers need more.

“But then when you walk into the broadleaf conifers like we have holly here,” Berg said. “We have a few magnolias. There’s a boxwood around here. They like a little more water if it hasn’t rained or snowed. They’re still photosynthesizing, so they just need a little more, a little push.

Water broadleaf conifers, all new plants, and decorative pots with cut branches every week or two during those long dry spells.

“Next time, we’ll have good rain that 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 every now and then just in case. “