The heat is on in the garden | Community
The summer heat arrived early, sizzling the plants, gardens and grass in the area.
Already at the beginning of June, temperatures reached their highest 80s. With the early heat explosion, problems arise for the plants and vegetables that grow in the garden, as well as for the lawn.
Theresa Hoen, co-owner of Hoen’s Garden Center & Landscaping in Holland, said the heat increased the potential for dust mites. Spider mites, along with other pests, can feed on plants and cause them to die.
Hoen said there are products that can help plants fight pests before they become a problem.
“There are a lot of granular products that are more preventative. It’s a systemic type application that strengthens the plant so that it can help it repel pesticides, ”Hoen said.
She said the granular products will not help the existing conditions. Granular products are added to the soil while they are being planted or can be added to existing plants before the problem occurs. Hoen recommends using garden sprays to help with any current condition of the plant.
Gene Klotz, owner of Klotz Floral & Garden Center, said the heat can cause problems with vegetable plants.
For example, Klotz said that tomatoes can suffer from blossom end rot. He said blossom end rot occurs when tomatoes start to darken on the bottom due to calcium and water deficiency.
Calcium is moved through the plant when there is sufficient moisture around the plant. Heat can dry out the soil and cause tomatoes to grow along with blossom end rot.
Klotz said he offers his clients calcium lime to help prevent calcium deficiency.
There are different products that can help plants solve problems that heat can bring them. More importantly in the heat, the plants should be watered daily.
If the plants start to wilt a bit due to a lack of moisture, they are still doing fine. As long as the plant is not completely wilted and shriveled, it is healthy for it to wilt a bit.
“It’s not bad to see them wilt, if it’s from wilting just because they’re dry.” This allows them to extend their roots and get more moisture, ”Klotz said.
Klotz said people should water more abundantly in the heat. He also said to try not to wet the leaves. Plants don’t need to be watered more often than usual in the heat.
Hoen said the plants should be watered in the early morning or early evening. It is best to avoid watering the plants when temperatures are at their peak during the day.
The same can be said for lawn care. Bryan Joseph, co-owner of D&D Landscaping Supply, said watering your lawn before the heat of the day can help keep it green and healthy.
In addition to water, Joseph recommended fertilizing the lawn to keep it healthy.
“Any kind of slow release nitrogen fertilizer will help the lawn stay green,” he said.
Any drought that accompanies the heat can make the grass “dormant” and brown. Different fungi can also turn your lawn brown. Joseph said if you’re worried about brown spots on your lawn, it’s best to call a professional and have them checked out.
The problems that gardens and lawns have with heat can be alleviated with constant care. Overall, the heat is good for the plants.
“This heat is actually good for them. They’re really taking off and starting to grow, ”Klotz said.