Summer Garden Maintenance

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It is important to keep good care of your garden over summer as the hotter weather can really destroy your much loved plants and lawn. Here are some tips to keep your garden looking its best over the hotter months!

Summer Garden Maintenance Checklist

1. Garden

Dead head any flowering plants such as Roses and annuals to encourage them to bloom again. If you have not done so already, mulch to protect against the hot weather and to also reduce weeds and to just make the garden look fresh! Don’t forget an application of a soil wetter. Richgro Ezi-Wet is ideal, this will ensure the garden is hydrated and ready for the hot months ahead.

2. Lawns

Lift the mower height. This will give the lawn a little extra surface area to retain moisture and protect the soil beneath from the hot sun. A light dressing of lawn food and the application of a weed killer (if weeds or bindii are present) will ensure the lawn stays at its best. If you have dry patches in the lawn an application of Ezi-Wet will fix that. Keep an eye out for lawn grubs and beetles that become active this time of the year.

3. Pots and Hanging Baskets

Make sure all your plants are well fed for lots of colour around the house and patio. Charlie Carp is ideal as a liquid fertiliser.

Make sure water is penetrating into the soil.  To check just dig into the top 50mm of the soil on top of the pot and also check the sides to ensure the potting mix is not dry, if it is, apply a soil wetter.

4. Vegetable Gardens and Fruit & Citrus

By now your tomatoes and vegetables should be looking good and your lemon trees should be showing early signs of fruit. This is now the time to keep an eye out for pests. If you have caterpillars or moths on your plants, an application of Beat A Bug Naturally Based Insect Spray will deal with them! Also keep feeding your crops, a little and often is the ideal way to go.

Other tips

  • Don’t forget to check your reticulation. If you have sprinklers, those can block up or stop working altogether and it’s not until the weather gets hot that you will notice. By then it’s too late!
  • Ants are very active this time of year so a good dose of Richgro Ant Killa, especially in path areas where ants can be very annoying, will take care of them. Top tip, once sprinkled onto pathways water in the Ant Killa as this will ensure it gets down deep into the ants’ nests. Also, in that way, children or pets do not pick it up on their feet!
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