Connecticut experienced six days of 90 degree temperatures.
SIMSBURY, Conn. – There is no doubt that Connecticut felt the hot temperatures last week as a heatwave hit the state. Businesses that depend on good weather and water are finding ways to recover.
Warner Nursery and Garden Center says it’s all about keeping plants hydrated and making sure the soil doesn’t dry out when temperatures get as hot as we saw last week.
We found workers providing a drink of cool water to plants at the Simsbury Garden Center on Monday evening.
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“Double watering and watering ourselves. Stay hydrated, keep plants hydrated,” said Brenda Glazier, customer service and plant care specialist at Warner Nursery.
The heatwave brought six days of 90-degree temperatures, leading to more planning and watering for garden centres.
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“It’s tough. We have a lot of smaller annuals and they all dry out several times a day, so we try to water deep and often,” said Gwyn Warner, general manager of Warner Nursery.
Warner said they moved some plants to shade and performed two watering sessions a day: one early in the day and another in the evening.
“After closing, the plants are still getting sunlight and warmth from that late-day sun,” Warner said.
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The nursery said in the heat, it’s important to check the soil moisture. Putting mulch around shrubs and trees can help maintain that humidity, according to Warner.
The sun and warm temperatures haven’t deterred golfers from Bloomfield. Gillette Ridge Golf Club golf manager Bart McCarthy said they still had players during the heat wave.
But the heat meant more maintenance for the green.
“Yes there are areas of browning, this is going to be apparent on all golf courses in the region. Water does not sit on the high side of hills and mounds and that is a problem for most golf courses. pitches right now – they’re going brown,” McCarthy said.
He said gardeners know which areas need a little more attention.
“Once in a while, what we have to do is we have to spot the water; any spots that really turn brown, we’ll hit them multiple times a day,” he said.
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