Gardening maintenance is very important especially in the warmer months of the year. As the weather gets hotter, gardens tend to become dry and lifeless and in need of extra care. If your garden is struggling to make it through the Summer, we’ve developed some helpful tips to nourish your garden and bring it back to life!

Examine if the plant is still alive or wholly dead

You may see dried up plant leaves appearing like paper, but it may not mean that the plant cannot be saved. You can check the stems/roots and look for signs of life. If the stem/root appears firm and pliable and the stem has some green inside, you can potentially revive the plant.  Conversely, if the roots and stem appear brittle and lifeless, the plant is unable to be saved.

Trim the dead parts

Once it is established that some of the plants in your garden can be revived, the next step is to trim the dead parts to enable the plant use all the energy left for the shorter portion which has some life left in it. Start with the dead leaves and proceed to the stems by removing only one-third of the stem at a time till you can see some green. It is easier for new stems to grow from the trimmed part. It is also a good idea to seek help from professional landscaping services to bring your dead garden back to life. 

The stem is completely dead but there is life in the plant roots

When you see the stem completely dead, but notice life in the plant roots you should not trim the full length of the stems right up to the roots. Instead, you should leave about 5 cms of stem above the level of the soil. With this approach, there is an excellent chance of you being able to revive the plant and you can see new growth sprouting from the dried-up stem.

Understand the underlying problems

There can be several reasons for plants in your garden drying out and not reaching its full potential. These reasons being; lack of appropriate nutrition, lack of water, diseases/pests and lack of adequate sunlight etc. Understanding the exact cause for your garden drying out is essential before you attempt to revive it.  To better understand what type of care your garden needs you can always consult and speak with professionals who are fully equipped to help care for your garden in the Mornington Peninsula area.

Thirsty plants

Curled up brown leaves, dry around their edge and dry soil surrounding the roots, represent a clear indication of thirsty plants. The solution is simple! Start watering your plants, section by section and allow 15-20 minutes adequate watering time to avoid extreme hydration.

Move your thirsty plants to a more humid spot

Watering alone may not be adequate to revive plants that have dried out completely, particularly when they have not been receiving regular watering. Move such plants to a more humid spot, but away from direct sunlight like in the bathroom for instance. This way, the plant can absorb moisture through the leaves and add to the ambience in the bathroom at the same time. 

Filtered water for sensitive plants

Established professionals in Gardening maintenance and landscaping in Mornington peninsula strongly believe that using filtered and recycled rain water from a water tank is not only the most eco friendly option to watering plants. It can also be extremely beneficial to the better nourishment of your plants without the risk of unwanted chemicals from reaching your plants.

Replant plants that have excess water

Plants can die out not just from lack of water. Excess water can also be equally harmful to your plants. If you see wilted plants and plenty of moisture around the roots, it is sure sign of excess watering and the leaves could also turn yellow or brown in this condition. You can save these plants by replanting them on drier soil. 

Be cautious with fertilisers

When you are reviving a dead garden, you may be tempted to add some nutrition boost using some fertilizer. This is not a good measure at a time when the plant is struggling and fertilizer can permanently damage the tender roots. The better option is to wait until the plant recovers fully.

Find a sunny location and move the ailing plants

Certain plants need plenty of light for growing. Weak stems and pale, small leaves are telltale signs that the plant needs more sunlight.  All you need to do is move your plants to a warmer and sunnier location.

Protect plants from frost damage – Southern Australia may experience some amount of frost while most other parts of Australia are free from this problem. A frost blanket is a useful aid in protecting your plants from frost and the plant will likely start growing again with the arrival of spring. Jasmine plants are particularly susceptible to frost damage.

Try some different landscaping

If you are living in the arid zone, where conservation of water is a top priority, there are ways that you can still provide enough nourishment all by reconstructing your landscape. Choosing a more drought-tolerant landscape can accomodate for areas in which water restrictions apply.

To assist with your landscape design, you may need the

services of some professional experts in landscaping in Mornington. There are many benefits that can accrue from changing the landscape.

Choosing artificial grass in place of natural grass

Grass not only consumes large amounts of water but also wastes significant quantities. Apart from watering natural grass also needs mulching, mowing, fertilizing, aerating, re-sodding or re-seeding. Artificial grass does not need any type of maintenance and will save you time, money and water!  Explore a sea of options in realistic artificial grass in varying colour hues. 

Use stone and gravel pavers

You can enhance the look of artificial grass with stone and gravel pavers for a minimalist contemporary look.  This will need no water and will also be very low in maintenance.

Train your thoughts on ornamental grass

There are several types of grass that may not present the looks of average lawn grass appearing like a green blanket, but they are essentially drought-tolerant and perfectly suited for regions that experience extreme water scarcity. Certain perennials can also bring the joy of flowers to your garden.

A dead garden can be revived through multiple means and focusing on climatic conditions in your region will help arrive at the right solution.