In January, weather conditions can fluctuate dramatically, ranging from hot and humid periods with storms to dry and scorching spells.
Now is the time to help your garden get through the hotter months and to ensure your plants stay well hydrated throughout.
Managing it all can be daunting, but this summer garden checklist will help guide your efforts towards the most essential tasks.
By checking off each item, you’ll not only enhance the beauty of your garden but also promote the overall health of your plants.
Ensure Your Lawn’s Health
Maintain your lawn’s health in the heat. Aerating your lawn is crucial for proper water and fertiliser absorption.
Create holes using a garden fork and apply Ezi-Wet in liquid or granulated form to break down hydrophobic or compacted soil.
In some cases, soil can become hydrophobic, causing water to bead on the surface and run off without soaking in. Using a soil wetter, such as Richgro Ezi-Wet Soil Soaker can help overcome this issue.
Ezi-Wet assists soil in absorbing water more effectively, reducing runoff and ensuring water reaches down to the roots of your plants. This promotes deeper root growth and reduces the frequency of watering required.
Apply Ezi-Wet to your garden, pot plants,edibles and lawn to improve water penetration and eliminate dry patches.
Top Up Your Mulch
In hot weather, particularly in elevated planter boxes and pots, where soil tends to dry out rapidly, it’s essential to incorporate mulch.
This not only aids in moisture retention but also serves as an insulating layer, shielding delicate roots from excessive heat.
For ultimate results, apply Richgro’s Natural Pinebark Mulch to a depth of 50-75mm or until area appears neat and well covered across your garden to insulate the soil, minimise weed growth, and preserve moisture.
Watering your garden
To minimise evaporation, water your plants early or late in the day. Opt for longer watering sessions less frequently, as this encourages roots to delve deeper into the soil. Deeper roots enhance drought tolerance, especially beneficial if you plan on being away for an extended period over summer.
I recommend to aim the flow of water at the soil and try not to wet the leaves of the plants.
Explore the use of irrigation tools equipped with programmable watering cycles and rain sensors. These devices automate the watering process, delivering the appropriate amount of water at the ideal times for your plants. Regularly inspect tap fittings and hoses for leaks to prevent unnecessary water wastage.
Investing in high-quality watering tools can significantly impact water application efficiency. Seek out multi-function trigger sprayers that provide control over both the amount and pattern of water applied minimising waste in the process.
Summer brings forth a vibrant tapestry of colours, showcasing a palette rich in yellows, reds, blues, and whites across garden landscapes.
Embrace the warmth of summer with an array of delightful climbing plants such as Mandevilla, Bougainvillea, Jasmine, and Passionfruit. These plants thrive in the summer sun and work wonders in transforming unappealing fences and structures into picturesque landscape features.
Bougainvillea, known for their love of warmth, grace the summer scene with their brilliant hues.
For containers and garden beds seeking bursts of vivid colour during the warmer months, consider flowering annuals like alyssum, cosmos, gerbera, impatiens, lobelia, nasturtium, marigold, petunia, vinca, and zinnia. These diverse options contribute to a spectacular summer display, enhancing the visual appeal of your outdoor spaces.
The summer season sees prolific growth in the garden. Equip yourself with pruners and clippers to maintain a well-groomed landscape.
Deadhead summer-flowering plants as their blooms fade, promoting a tidy appearance, aiding in pest control, and encouraging the emergence of additional flowers. When summer shrubs complete their flowering, a gentle clean-up ensures garden beds remain orderly. Save major pruning tasks for the arrival of autumn as to prune back hard at this time of year will encourage new growth to occur which will put the plant under further stress.