Seven Summer Gardening Tips For Happy Plants
If you’re an avid plant lover but know all too well that they tend to suffer in the heat, here are seven summer gardening tips to keep things in tip top shape.
First things first – summer usually means different things to gardeners in Australia, as it’s effects differ dramatically depending on where you live. While the Top End faces the annual wet season drenching, in comparison the central and southern parts of the country usually get scorched by the summer heat waves – so what can you do to ensure that your garden doesn’t go downhill as a result of these extremities?
Seven Summer Gardening Tips For Success In The Sun
Like all things gardening, preparation and maintenance are often the keys to success for happy plants, and a few minor adjustments can go a long way in terms of keeping your garden looking fresh throughout seasonal changes.
Keep Your Soil Healthy – People take multivitamins to keep themselves in tip top shape, so your garden deserves the same. By adding a natural plant food like BioBooster, you’re giving the soil an extra dose of nutrients to ensure that it’s as healthy as possible.
Water Early Or Late – Avoid watering your garden in the scorching sun to ensure that it absorbs as much water as possible, ideally before 10:00am or after 4:00pm. This is also recommended to ensure that the sun doesn’t bake your skin either! A word of warning, for the northern states it is important to watch out for over watering in the afternoon as moisture overnight can help disease take hold.
Mulch For Water Retention – Mulch stops the top of the soil drying out, keeps it moist, and can reduce watering by up to 60%. Mulching also prevents weeds and weed seed germination, which compete with plants for moisture and nutrients – the last thing you need prior to planting.
Provide Shade – If you’ve just put new plants in the ground, including veggie or fruit seedlings, they’ll need time to adjust to the sun. Younger plants don’t have the strength to withstand large amounts of heat exposure, so either deploy shade sails or position them accordingly. Watering in with Biotic Booster will also help to establish roots faster.
Don’t Forget Your Pots – Potted plants, especially those in terracotta pots, are vulnerable to overheating. When in saucers of water, this encourages root rot and mosquito breeding. To avoid this, try to soak them in a bucket of water for half an hour and drain instead.
Plan Your Plants In Advance – If you’re opting to plant specific varieties that are best suited to winter conditions, then you’re only setting yourself up to fail. To keep your garden at it’s best, make sure you do some research as to what is best suited to your climate during summer.
Let Your Lawn Grow – Brown, bare, weed-infested lawns are symptoms of scalping, which means that you’re mowing your lawn too short. A slightly longer (and lucious) lawn also suppresses pesky pernicious weeds such as oxalis and bindii.