Recent Temperature Record and the Horticulture Industry
1. Introducing plants that are more resilient to high temperatures
2. Working hours will need to start and finish earlier to avoid the afternoon summer heat
3. Adjusting timing of tasks, ie. more planting in Autumn rather than Spring
4. Only use the water that we need, nothing more. Collect rainwater where possible with the use of Steel Tanks and Harvesting Tanks
5. Let grass grow a little longer, not only does this stop grass drying out but it’s also good for wildlife
6. Solar-control window film can be installed quickly and will work to deflect the suns heat especially on windows that are in direct sunlight
7. Keep machinery and electrical equipment switched off overnight and when not in use.
Many Garden Centres and Nurseries decided to work shorter hours during the hot spell which makes a lot of sense with some Plant Area’s being recorded at 38C.
However, reports suggest it is almost 6 degrees C cooler in the greenhouse than outside because of the cooling effect of plants.
With this in mind:-
1. Where possible take water from winter storage reservoirs and/or groundwater instead of direct from the river or surface water source
2. Avoid irrigating during the hottest parts of the day
3. Spray at night or cooler times of the day
4. Check your irrigation equipment is working correctly and spraying where you need it
5. Follow your licence conditions and advice from EA staff
As an Industry we want to work with the government and like-minded organisations, to continue to tackle the challenges we face through horticulture
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