Whether you’re a seasoned gardener or just getting started, these gardening tips will keep your greenery thriving during the hottest summer temps. Pop on your sun hat and sunscreen, and let’s get gardening!
Help with Hydration
Just like us, our plants need a regular H20 fix to keep them happy and healthy during the summer heat. Make sure to up your watering regimen when the temperatures start to rise. For best results, water in the morning or late afternoon (either before or after the hottest part of the day). Consider investing in a soaker hose or irrigation system to make watering fuss-free. And don’t forget the mulch! A good layer of mulch acts like a sun hat for your soil, keeping it cool and reducing water evaporation during the day.
Plants need sunlight to thrive. So, the more sun, the better—right? Not necessarily! While some plants can tolerate the brunt of the Australian summer sun, many can’t. To safeguard your more sensitive plants, take note of your garden’s sun patterns and strategically place any vulnerable plants accordingly. Depending on the plants, a position where they can enjoy some rays in the morning, but catch a break when the sun is at its hottest will work best. Otherwise, if you’re limited on space for strategic positioning, invest in some shade cloth!
Patrol for Pests
Summer is the season of parties, but there are some visitors you’d rather not have in your garden – pests! Unfortunately, warmer weather comes with an increase in pesky garden pests. And, if left unchecked, these pests can wreak havoc on your beloved greenery.
So, keep an eye out for invaders and promptly show them the exit this summer. For a hand-off pest control method, consider introducing beneficial insects like ladybugs and lacewings to your garden. These helpful crawlies will chomp away at problematic pests without you lifting a finger. Otherwise, stock up on Neem oil or make your own white oil from household ingredients, and banish pests as they appear, without damaging your precious plants.
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