All Posts   Posted:   June 24, 2015 by Monica Fossi - Buyer

By now I am sure you have heard on every bit of media you are exposed to about the heat spell we just entered. I am, however, going to talk about it again. Let’s face it, if you are not out in it, it is easy for it all to become background noise until you suddenly walk outside with Fido (who at this point may even try to go directly back in) and discover small or large disasters you KNOW you took steps to prevent. Your prize winning Dahlias wilted, your tomatoes begging for a quick end, sunburned children and so on. So please repeat after me and follow through with these few quick steps for preventing this from happening to you:

  1. All living things need water - your yard is no exception. Water beds deeply in the morning or evening so plants have what they need before the heat of the day. Containerized plants may need watered twice a day until we fall back into the 80’s. Animals wild and domestic should also have water available in bowls or baths.
  2. New plantings may wilt even when damp. If possible, use shade cloth (or if small enough, even an umbrella) to provide a reprieve from the hot rays.
  3. Don’t plant in the heat! It’s not good for the plants or you! Leave your new treasures in a slightly shaded area and check them daily for water.
  4. Do not spray in the heat. Spraying for bugs, fungus or weeds will do more harm than good (yes, even with organic products) at these temperatures. 

Take it easy, drink water and wear sunscreen! There will still be time to garden once the heat wave passes.

By now I am sure you have heard on every bit of media you are exposed to about the heat spell we just entered. I am, however, going to talk about it again. Let’s face it, if you are not out in it, it is easy for it all to become background noise until you suddenly walk outside with Fido (who at this point may even try to go directly back in) and discover small or large disasters you KNOW you took steps to prevent. Your prize winning Dahlias wilted, your tomatoes begging for a quick end, sunburned children and so on. So please repeat after me and follow through with these few quick steps for preventing this from happening to you:

  1. All living things need water - your yard is no exception. Water beds deeply in the morning or evening so plants have what they need before the heat of the day. Containerized plants may need watered twice a day until we fall back into the 80’s. Animals wild and domestic should also have water available in bowls or baths.
  2. New plantings may wilt even when damp. If possible, use shade cloth (or if small enough, even an umbrella) to provide a reprieve from the hot rays.
  3. Don’t plant in the heat! It’s not good for the plants or you! Leave your new treasures in a slightly shaded area and check them daily for water.
  4. Do not spray in the heat. Spraying for bugs, fungus or weeds will do more harm than good (yes, even with organic products) at these temperatures. 

Take it easy, drink water and wear sunscreen! There will still be time to garden once the heat wave passes.