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How to protect your home's plants and greenery during a heatwave

After taking care of oneself and others during a heat wave many are looking to also protect their homes' greenery.

News 12 Staff

Jul 23, 2022, 9:33 PM

Updated 698 days ago

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After taking care of oneself and others during a heat wave many are looking to also protect their homes' greenery.
"The plants have already burned out, so that's why I've come to get more," said Marie McBrien, of Floral Park. She, like many Long Islanders, is seeing their plants and even lawns suffer in the recent extreme heat. Most would think watering is the solution.
"Just like we need water, plants need water," said Hicks Nursery Greenhouse manager Pam Tobol. However, she noted it's very important how one waters their plants and greenery.
On very hot days Tobol said it's important to water often, but to do it efficiently by putting water right at the roots of plants and trees and not just spraying water on top with a sprinkler.
"Well, what happens with sprinklers is the water evaporates before it gets to the roots of the plant, so we want to hit the roots with a soaking so there is no evaporation," Tobol recommended.
Tobol said plant or lawn food is not recommended at this time of year or when temperatures are above 80 degrees. She said that could hurt one's greenery.
And while some communities are starting to recommend water conservation, the best time to water a lawn or plants Tobol said is early before it gets too hot and windy.
"So you want to water your plants early in the morning before 8 a.m. They prefer a nice long drink," Tobol said.
One can also water in the evening after the sun goes down as well so water is used efficiently and effectively.


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