High temps and your landscaping
A piece of advice from our friends at Reno Green:
July was the hottest month in Reno in 125 years of record-keeping, the National Weather Service said Wednesday.
Our area was 6-10 degrees above normal and 1.3 degrees higher than the second warmest July on record.
Reno also tied the warmest overnight low of 77 degrees for July on Monday (7/30/18).
There were 14 days last month when the high reached 100 degrees. That’s four more than any previous month and just three shy of the most 100-degree days in a year. Climatological data for Reno dates to 1893.
What does this mean for your landscaping? High temperatures can cause damage even to the most heat tolerant plant material. Heat waves also affect the balance of pests. As wildlife seeks to stay cool, feeding less often, insect populations may suddenly explode. This can be extremely detrimental to plant material already stressed from the heat.
Heat waves also wreak havoc on a healthy, green turf area. It leads to brown or “hot” spots. Summer dormancy is a common response to heat and drought. Dormant turfgrass will turn brown and is often considered unsightly, but it will recover when conditions improve. It may take anywhere from 7-21 days for “hot spots” to fully recover.
Temperatures are expected to go up once again this week. We are monitoring clocks and adjusting run times as appropriate. If you have any concerns, please contact management staff at firstname.lastname@example.org they will let us know.