The summer of 2011 will certainly go down in the record books as one of the bumpiest rides in recent memory. Rainy and wet through late spring season, yielding the June 1st tornado, followed by hot, humid weather most of the summer. Late summer ended with one of the rainiest periods, coupled with Hurricane Irene. Along with this rare summer season, there were many lawn and shrub problems as a result. Lawns suffered from diseases and overall stress, especially when the short heat wave in late July hit with record temperatures over 100 degrees! The shrubs and trees had severe insect activity, as well as disease issues. Water was necessary, however, too much can be just as harmful as not enough. Now that fall is here, things should get back to normal. However, it has been very wet, with prolonged summer, and unseasonable warm temperatures.