The Australian summer can be brutal on your garden. And with summer just around the corner, its important that you prepare your plants for the harsh Aussie summer. In this week’s blog, we share our top five summer gardening tips.
1) Care for budding plants
In summertime, it’s typical for buds and flowers to suddenly fall of as a result of the plants drying out. To prevent this, mulch and water deeply once or twice a week during hot, dry weather.
2) Keep pots cool
When the weather warms up, it’s essential that you keep potted plants, especially those in terracotta pots, cool as they are vulnerable to overheating. Ways to do this include lightly mulching the pots and keeping them out of hot western sunshine. Stand them in saucers filled with sand and keep the sand moist; this will ensure the roots stay cool and the plants remain healthy.
3) Add nutrients to the water
Incorporating nutrients in your water is a great way to support your plants during the summer months. Some great examples include applying a soluble fertiliser with added seaweed or watering in potash around the base of fruit trees to improve flavour and juiciness.
4) Keep the water flowing
Make sure the hoses and irrigation systems are free of holes, which can cause leaks and unnecessary water wastage. Clear debris from the gutters so that each shower funnels extra water into your rainwater tank.
5) Do the hard work when it’s cool
A great way to look after yourself and your plants in the summer months is to do the hard work when it’s cool. You’ll be more likely to do a better job in this state. Make sure to drink lots of water, wear sunscreen and sun-protective clothing to look after yourself when gardening.
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