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Jun 21

Hot. Hot. HOT!

Posted on June 21, 2017 at 2:53 PM by Adam Testa

This week is going to be a hot one for humans, pets and the landscape. Be sure you get your work or play done early in the morning before temperatures get extreme.

Water your turf, trees, shrubs and flowers before it gets too hot. Early morning is the best time to irrigate before the leaves of each species start to scorch. Leaves are a good indicator if the plant is stressing and needs some water. Keep an eye on plants and flowers with large leaves, as they will absorb more heat than desert-adapted species. Hibiscus and lantana are especially vulnerable but will recover quickly with irrigation.

Desert species have small leaves as a result of adaptation to the sun and high temperatures. Mesquite, palo verde and acacia species are prime examples of small, but bountiful, leaves ensuring photosynthesis will still occur.

Be safe during this warm week and check the leaves of your plants to see how they’re doing.