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Autumn in New York City usually goes by so quickly. We normally get one week of scarves, sweaters and pumpkin spice lattes before the thermometer plummets and winter winds start howling.  This past week, with temperatures in the upper 50’s and 60’s, has been surreal. Cool weather makes the city so much more enjoyable. Working on roof gardens in November in t-shirts is a rarity. Hypoestes and other hardy summer annuals are still hanging on to dear life riding out the warm spell for all it’s worth. While driving out the Long Island Expressway this afternoon, I realized that the fall color seems to be at its peak. Take advantage of the gorgeous weather this weekened and enjoy the last fall foliage of 2011!

Roof Garden on a Sunny November Afternoon

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Tropical Depression Eight

Hurricane Irene's Projected Path From http://www.weather.com

Hurricane Irene stubbornly continues on her path barreling towards all of the major Northeastern metropolitan areas. New York City, Washington D.C., Boston, Baltimore and Philadelphia are all included on her coastal tour. As you may have guessed hurricanes and roof gardens don’t exactly make for a party. For those of you with exposed outdoor spaces, here are some tips to consider as you batten down your hatches and prepare your roof garden for a storm.

1. Bring all lightweight furniture, cushions and accessories inside. Anything that you can lift and fit through the door should be brought in.

2.  Prune prune prune. Okay, so it may not be the ideal time of season to prune your containerized trees, but any extra branches or leaves you can remove will help reduce the impact of wind on the plants.

3. Cluster planters against the sides of buildings. Small pots that can be grouped together against building walls will generally be more secure than those left on the middle of an exposed rooftop. Of course each roof has its own specific conditions, but this is a general rule of thumb.

4. Turn dining tables upside down (assuming it doesn’t fit through your patio door). They can get caught by strong winds if left in their normal position. Place a protective surface on the floor, turn it upside down and place something on top of it to weigh it down. Extra concrete pavers or small planters could do the trick.

5. Fill some buckets of water and leave them on the terrace. Just in case the electricity goes out you are still going to want to water your plants after the storm dissipates.

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