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Hot weather tips

by User Not Found | Jul 23, 2014


Lawn.
 Rise the height of lawnmower blades and cut the grass less frequently. Don’t forget if you want to use a sprinkler on your lawn that it is best to do it in the evening! If your lawn is starting to look a little yellow you can give it a feed. However don’t be tempted to feed it in hot weather unless you can keep it watered so you are best to be patient and wait for rain.

Watering. If you have newly planted trees or shrubs this year then it is essential to make sure they are well watered. Their roots need plenty of water to get established.
Water your plants in the evening to reduce evaporation but if you have to water the during the day try to avoid watering plant leaves in direct sunlight as they can be scorched.

Blight warnings. If you have planted potatoes or tomatoes check the weather forecast for blight warnings (it spreads quickly in warm wet weather conditions). You can use Proxanil or Bordeaux mix to control it. Spraying every week - 10days

Greenhouse. Remember that the glass in the greenhouse magnifies the suns’ rays making plants even more vulnerable to hot weather. They will need plenty of water as the soil will dry out faster than if the plants were outside. To avoid it open the windows, use ventilation and leave the door open during the day. Netting could be hung over the glasshouse to reduce the light on extremely hot days.

Mulch.  Add mulch, such as gravel or bark, to the surface of pots and hanging baskets to trap moisture. You can help your plants to retain moisture next summer by adding mulch to flowerbeds and around shrubs and trees in spring.



Jean’s Bio  
Hi my name is Jean, I am a horticulturist with CountryLife in the Ashford branch. I grew up on a farm where we always had a veg garden, so you could say that horticulture and agriculture is in the blood! I studied Landscape Horticulture in UCD and worked part-time in Fernhill Garden Centre, Athlone while I was in college. After graduating I worked in Landscape Architecture for three years before returning to the Garden Centre trade. I began in Keane’s Garden Centre, Kilcolgan, Co Galway and returned to Fernhill Garden Centre for three years before joining CountryLife.  Being a horticulturalist is a great job, you are surrounded by nature every day and there is always something to be done. Meeting customers and giving the advice is very rewarding especially when they report back positive results. I love growing my own fruit and veg and I’m always trying new varieties and ways of growing. The seasons are always changing and while the weather is challenging in Ireland, I believe we grow the best produce in the world.