When the temperature rises, it can be challenging to find the time and resources to maintain your garden. Hot temperatures can rapidly heat up the soil in your yard and deplete the moisture content. This can take away a lot of the water and nutrients your plants need to thrive. So before summer rolls around this year, it’s important to have a plan in place.

When it comes to gardening in Mornington Peninsula, we’ve seen many impressive watering setups. Over the years locals have mastered the art of preparing their garden for the hot weather ahead. In some cases, our very own professional gardeners have helped set up watering and irrigation systems for local residents with great success.

If you’re interested in keeping your garden green and lush through summer then you’ve come to the right place. Here we’ll break down some top tips for irrigation and watering your garden in Mornington Peninsula.


Adding mulch to your garden beds is one of the most effective and low maintenance solutions for summer. By placing a generous layer of wooden mulch down in your garden bed you provide a protective layer on top of the soil. This layer of mulch helps to retain all the water you have lying on the surface of your garden’s soil. So even over a few days or weeks, your soil will retain its moisture and help keep plants healthy and thriving because they don’t lose access to the water they need for nourishment.

Get your timing right

In the past, we’ve seen many home gardeners water their gardens on a regular basis. But even this strategy can backfire. Over summer it’s important to be strategic about when you water plants. The best time of day to water your garden is when the sun has less of an impact. So try watering your garden early in the morning or late in the afternoon. If you water your plants around midday you run the risk of the water evaporating in the soil before it even reaches the roots where your plants actually absorb the water.

Remove weeds

Before you begin a regular watering schedule think about what else could be stopping your plants from absorbing water. Can you think of any obstacles that could get in the way? Many home gardeners fail to realise that weeds can have a detrimental effect on the way your plants absorb water. Weeds in your garden bed will always compete for water and nutrients in the soil. To remove weeds from your garden bed and your favourite plants will have less competition, more nourishment, and more chance of thriving this summer.

Using the right soil

The quality of your soil plays a large role in how your plants thrive. In summer it’s best to ensure your garden beds are full of moisture-retentive soil. Using a good batch of soil for planting will ensure that any water in your garden bed will stay there for days and not get evaporated by the sun. So even on off days when you neglect or forget to water the garden, the soil in it should have enough water left over to keep your plants nourished.

Get assistance with gardening in Mornington Peninsula from the team at Jim’s

Here at Jim’s Mowing Mornington Peninsula, we are proud to assist locals with all their gardening needs. We offer more than just your general lawn mowing and landscaping in Mornington Peninsula services here. Our professional gardeners have helped with irrigation supply and installation. This service helps to protect gardens over the summer. Contact one of our local gardening experts to help prepare your garden for the hot summer ahead. Call 131 546 to get a free quote on any of our gardening services available in the Mornington Peninsula.

Get a free quote on professional gardening in Mornington Peninsula from the local experts at Jim’s Mowing today.