THE RAIN IS back and although most of us are dreading a return to cloudy skies, there are many local people delighted to see the things return to normal.
Gardeners and farmers will be among those pleased to see the drops of rain grace their flower baskets, stretches of grass and garden displays after a fortnight of drought.
“The heat was an inconvenience and slowed up business’, says Scott Robinson from Craigville Garden Centre in Enniskillen. “We had to water early in the morning before it got warm and again at four to ensure the plants were kept hydrated.”
The hot weather proved difficult for the gardening community. The main struggle was ‘it was too warm to plant’. However Scott notes one benefit from the hot weather was the increase in sales of sprinklers.
The vital piece of advice that Scott gave to gardeners was not ‘to water your plants in full sun light’, as it is too hot for the plants to reap the full benefits. With rain expected at the end of the week,
Scott is glad to see the dry spell is over as ‘the fresh rain water will be great for the plants instead of tap water.’
Meanwhile the council here faced their own diffculties with the weather. The rise in temperature brought more tourists to the parks and picnic areas of Fermanagh.
“There was an increased number of people visitng these sites, they were in great demand.’ Greater numbers of people visiting these areas meant a significant amount of waste was left behind.
We had to increase the frequency of waste collections in order to maintain it,” explained Gerry Knox from Technical Services.
Litter was not the only problem facing the council in this hot weather. Hanging baskets of flowers throughout the town of Enniskillen required more care and attention with additional watering and feeding due to the hot weather.
“It’s nice to see the hot weather, it does bring its difficulties, but we love it,” aadded Gerry.
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