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Armonk Nursery Offers Tips on Dealing With Heat

ARMONK, N.Y. -- Roth Nurseries is one of the oldest retail businesses in Armonk, selling plants to locals for over half a century.

The Roth family still owns the company and they know quite well how to take care of its plants during stretches of extreme heat.

Tom, Carl, and Walter Roth along with Tom’s brother-in-law, Freddy Quell, run the day-to-day operations at the Greenwich Road nursery. They’re no strangers to changes in temperature and how it affects the plants both at the nursery and after purchase.

“Less tree means the tree will drink less water, so it keeps it from wilting,” Tom Roth said. “There are also certain plants here that we have to keep in the shade during hot days and others that do well in the sun, we kind of direct those toward the sun.”

Late July is always the slower time of year for business according to Tom, but annually, sales usually start to pick back up for the nursery within the next month or so.

“There’s always less people coming in during the hot days but then around August fifth to tenth  you start to see the dew in the mornings and it wakes people up and makes them want to plant,” said Tom Roth.

Hydrangeas, according to the Roths, are the top seller during late July because people love to see flowers even as summer moves into its second half.

The Roths also like to give advice to their customers as to how to keep cool with the help of plants during times like these. They advise people to purchase “shade trees” that will cast a shadow over their homes and reduce the temperature of both the lawn and the house. They say it greatly reduces people’s electric bills because they won’t need as much air conditioning in the summer.

According to Tom, some of the best shade trees are oak, sugar maples and elm.

The perfect time to plant trees, say the Roths is “anytime,” even winter for certain trees, as long as it’s done correctly. Tom says planting trees in late July is not impossible, but admits it takes more effort by the planter.

“It doesn’t hurt to plant this time of year as long as you take care of it but it’s a job and a little bit harder work than other times of year with all the watering and care needed,” Tom said. “As long as trees are dug “before leaf” they can be planted anytime of the year.”

The Roths say that many people around Christmas time will buy pine trees with the ball of roots still attached and bring them into their homes. Then they eventually plant the tree into a pre-dug hole somewhere on their property.

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