Sadly, many a gardener knows the horror of seeing their garden go crisp under the heat of a 40+ degree day or suffer from a sudden whitefly infestation. While there isn’t a lot you can do about either once the damage is done, there are a few steps you can take to set your garden up, so it will cope better with the conditions that come with those challenges present in the summer months. Our biggest tips follow:
- Keep Potted Plants Happy
Potted plants can bring a great splash of colour, making great use of limited garden spaces, and keeping invasive plants we love where they should be. However, on a really hot, dry day they lose moisture faster than you might think. This is especially true for hanging baskets that tend to catch a lot of sun and wind. Ways to combat moisture loss include the use of water retention spheres, which soak up moisture and release it gradually once mixed into the soil, or you can even line the bottom of your pots using shredded bark – ti-tree is especially good for lining hanging baskets.
- Standardise A Watering Routine
Setting up a daily watering routine means you’ll never miss a plant or worry whether one section of your garden has been sufficiently watered or not. Underground irrigation systems with release automation take all the hassle out of watering, and they’re well worth the investment. Also, pre planning by marking up an outline of garden sections in your yard can also be really helpful if you need to break your watering routine up in order to get through it.
- Know Your Boosters
Watering alone in the summer months alone just won’t do- at this time of year, your plants are working hard to produce the fruit, flowers and foliage that make them look so great. If they aren’t looking so great, it’s possible that they’re missing out on important nutrients, or they may even have a pest problem. If you’re not sure, the wrong booster can be useless, or worse, do damage to your plants. Check with your local Jim’s Mowing professional to see which boosters would be best suited to your plants.
- Run Regular Pest Checks
No one wants to find out the hard way that pests have overrun their favorite trees or shrubs. Sometimes, the damage can be too far gone before you notice it. Elm leaf beetle can spell doom for a grown Elm tree, so be sure to act on any discoloration, unusual dryness, or papery leaf sections. Especially in the case of whitefly and spider mites which tend to go for potted plants, pest checks are critical at this time of year when these insidious little creeps are after the goodness in every leaf. Check the backs of your tomato leaves and dust accordingly.
No time to set your garden up for heat proofing this summer? Your local Jim’s Mowing expert can help. Our dedicated professionals can assess your garden and recommend action to take, or simply take care of the time-consuming maintenance that leaves you little time to take care of the smaller stuff. Need rubbish removal, gutter cleaning, tree pruning or lawn mowing? Jim’s Mowing do it all. Call our friendly team today on 1300 927 493