The Australian garden is always at risk of wilting in summer, and steps have to be taken to ensure that your garden survives the heat and is ready to transition into autumn. This is especially so for the south of the country, where the heat can take the moisture out of the plants and flowers of our gardens. In the north, the wet weather and storms breathe new life into the gardens there, but nevertheless we still need to separate our time into enjoying our home’s outdoors and ensuring they survive the heat.
Richgro has eight essential tips to ensuring your garden makes it through the long, steamy days ahead.
- Keep Your Pots Cool
Pots are susceptible to overheating during the summer months, and it is important to keep them cool to maintain the health of your plants. The first thing is to reposition them in a place where they are not at risk from the western/midday sun. Place them in saucers of moist sand: this will keep them cool throughout the day and is a more suitable substance to place them in than water, where the roots would be at risk of rotting.
- Nutrients for Life
We can’t always water our gardens (especially when it’s incredibly hot) so it is important optimise the time you have watering the garden by adding nutrients and minerals. Water with a soluble fertiliser and potash for any fruit trees. Soluble nitrogen, for example, promotes plant growth, vibrancy and strength, whereas using potash for fruit trees improves the fruit’s flavour and juiciness.
- Look After Your Flowering Plants
Many plants, including camellias, dahlia, frangipani and gardenia all flower in the summer months. However, if you start to notice your summer plants losing their buds and flowers this most likely means the plant has dried out or is on the verge of doing so. This can especially occur when the plants are growing in pots. To ensure that this doesn’t become a problem and that your plants continue to flower, water deeply at least once a week and use a high-quality hardwood mulch. This will retain moisture in the plants and keep them thriving in hot conditions.
- Enhance Trace Elements
Through adding magnesium to your garden, you are encouraging full, robust growth and the creation of energy in your garden. Plants including roses and gardenias love the addition of magnesium during the summer months. If the leaves of your camellia, azalea, banksia, grevillea and citrus plants begin to turn yellow, your plants may need a boost of iron. The acidified soil is important for natural, healthy plant growth.
- Protect Your New Plants
New vegetable and flower seedlings require sun to harden. However, you don’t want to expose them to the harshest rays. It is important to shelter your plants in around 50 per cent shade cloth. Use leafy branches, old curtains and dead palm fronds for around two weeks. This well help the plants to grow without harming them.
- Be Strategic About Shade
A great option for shading your garden (and home at that) is to plant a deciduous tree that will block western sunshine from damaging your plants. A beautifully aesthetic alternative to a tree is by creating a wall of bamboo which will shade the property and plants, keeping them both cool throughout summer.
- Garden When It’s Cool
Whilst not necessarily a technique itself for keeping your garden thriving, it is a great option to do your gardening when the day is coolest. The mornings are perfect: this way you will have the energy to get as much done as possible and the heat of the day won’t drag you down. Also, remember all your necessities: water, sunscreen and mosquito repellent are imperative, and with these little extras at your side you should be able to get plenty done before the heat takes over.
- Keep the Lawn Looking Full and Lush
People often think that by regularly mowing your lawn you are reducing the need to do so, however the result can eventually become scalping – bare, brown and weed-infested lawns. You should attempt to mow your lawns at the tallest height the mower will allow for, as a higher, thicker lawn suppresses the potential growth of a variety of weeds. Feed your with lawn a quality organic fertiliser at least once a month, this will help to keep the lawn lush and vibrant.
Have Any Questions?
If you have any further enquiries on how to keep your garden colourful and vibrant throughout summer, or would like to find out more about the products available at Richgro can assist with this, feel free to get in contact with our friendly and knowledgeable team of staff.
Give us a call on (08) 6258 7100 or submit an enquiry form on our contact page and we will get back to you with all the information you require.