It looks and feels like spring outside this week, but it's only February 1!
So what is the unusual weather doing to agriculture?
"The trees will lose some flowers for next spring," said Yong Hao Li, a plant pathologist, "and also this indicates that some trees already have some activity. For the root protection mulch can help."
Stores like Home Depot are responding to the unusual trend by stocking up on mulch significantly earlier than during a normal year.
However, if you can't find mulch, you can compost or use the dead leaves you never raked from fall to protect your roots from the significant weather changes.