While the recent arctic blasts made being outdoors practically unbearable for humans, the bone chilling cold is actually healthy for another type of living organism.
Trees and plants may see reduced damage because populations of invasive insects have been killed off from the severe cold, including the Emerald Ash Borer Beetle that has ravaged thousands of Naperville trees in recent years.
Plus, the snowfall will insulate plant root systems and provide substantial moisture once the snow starts to melt in the spring.
“It’s going to be replenishing some of this lost moisture in the soil, especially Evergreens. They never shut down like deciduous trees that lose their leaves,” said Doris Taylor, Plant Information Specialist at the Morton Arboretum.
One reason for people to celebrate the cold is a reduction in pesky mosquitoes when the weather warms up.
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