Gardeners urged not to panic over heatwave

Gardeners reminded to avoid watering pots and tubs in the heat of the day © NTPL/John Millar

Gardeners reminded to avoid watering pots and tubs in the heat of the day

Latest update 19.07.2013 15:33

Gardeners have only two rules to follow when dealing with long periods of heat, according to our gardeners.

These are:

  • water pots and herbaceous beds in the morning and evening only
  • don’t panic into watering grass.

With a 25 acre garden to look after, the 6-strong team at Scotney Castle has more than 84 years of experience between them and is well placed to offer gardening advice.

Paul Micklewright, Garden and Estate Manager at Scotney Castle, said:
'Like other National Trust places, at Scotney we never water grass, even in a heatwave.

'Grass is very good at dealing with a lack of water, even if it turns brown it will be able to bounce back when the rains return later in the year.

'For pots and herbaceous beds, it’s best to water first thing in the morning or last thing at night to avoid damaging plants.

'When the sun shines on water it can act like a magnifying glass, burning the leaves below, so it’s best to avoid the times that the sun as it its highest.'

More top tips for gardening during the hot weather.