Gardens set to change in wake of global warming
Appeared on Space For Nature on 14th October 2003
The effects of global warming on our gardens, like the rest of the environment, look set to be quite dramatic.
Among the predicted effects are:
- Accelerated growth rates
- Taller plants
- Main growing season shifting to autumn after summer droughts
- Winter-long blooming
- Lawns which need cutting all winter
- Super-weeds competing with the faster growing garden plants
- Southern species extending their ranges northwards
- Pests that survive through the winter when before they died
No one is sure of the time-scales involved here, but one prediction is for a year-round growing season in southern England before 2080. Clearly there are going to be some changes and challenges for the gardener. I don't worry about gardener's ability to adapt and maintain spectacular gardens come what may, but I do worry that the pace of change could have a much more deleterious affect on much of our native wildlife.
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