Beat the heat - 7 survival tips for your garden right now
29 February 2012
Here's some tips to help keep your garden healthy.
- Get composting
Adding compost to your garden will increase your soil’s tolerance to dry conditions. Leaves, cuttings, kitchen scraps and shredded newspaper is all you need or pick up a bag at your local hardware store. No sweat!
- Just add mulch
Mulch works wonders for your soil and will reduce water evaporation - a pea straw is a great choice for Melbourne’s soil and climate.
- Position your pots
Plants growing in pots, tubs or hanging baskets dry out quickly over time so group them together and move them to a partially shaded spot.
- Water in the morning
Get the day off to a good start by watering at day break, your plants will happier and healthier over the course of a hot summer’s day.
- Tap timers to keep your watering in check
A tap timer costs very little compared to the benefits of watering efficiently and keeping your water use on track.
- Plan ahead your plant choices
Summer isn’t the season to reinvent your garden - it’s the time to plan what you’d like to plant during the cooler months when conditions are better.
- Going on a holiday this summer?
Make arrangements with neighbours, friends or family to pop around and water your plants and veggie patch during long hot spells.
For more gardening advice visit healthyurbanhabitat.com.au.