09 Dec Garden Care Tips for Summer
With the Australian Summer right around the corner, it’s time to start considering how to keep your garden healthy and vibrant in the heat.
Keep Pots Cool
Potted plants are highly susceptible to overheating in high temperatures. To combat this, lightly mulch and keep them out of the strong afternoon sun. A tip to keep plants cool whilst preventing root rot is to stand pots in saucers of moist sand. This keeps the roots cool and the plants healthy.
It is an excellent idea to feed plants when watering them. By applying a soluble fertiliser, you can simultaneously correct mineral deficiencies whilst watering. This is especially important if water is scarce as it minimises wastage.
Keep your lawn long and lush for the warm summer months. A longer turf is able to protect itself against weeds such as bindii and oxalis.
Young seedlings are likely to suffer the most from heat spells and extreme temperatures. In order to adequately protect them and ensure they survive the worst of the summer heat, it is a good idea to shade them with shade cloth or leafy branches. They should be shaded for at least a week or two. This will help them establish without suffering adverse effects from overheating or being exposed to too much sun.
Water in the Morning
The best time of day to water your plants is early in the morning when it is still cool outside. This ensures your plants won’t be too thirsty during the middle of the day. It also prevents mildew attacks.
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