Australia is famous for its harsh, dry summers. A large percentage of Australians live in places with harsh summers. One of the biggest challenges for landscapers and home gardeners in Australia is keeping gardens healthy throughout the summer.
If you’re not careful, summer’s hot, dry weather can cause destruction in your garden. Any hard work you put in during the winter and spring can quickly be undone, leaving a bare, desolate garden area that simply doesn’t look good.
Luckily for you, I’ve put together a few of my top tips for keeping your garden as healthy as possible this summer!
Water In The Morning Or Evening
Watering is essential if you want to keep your garden healthy throughout the summer. Unless you’re one of the few people who has been smart enough to plant a native, drought resistant garden, your plants will suffer without water.
Watering in the morning or the evening will give your plants the best chance to use as much of the water as you can. Whatever you do, don’t water in the middle of the day. If you do, most of the water will be lost due to evaporation – and it’s not very healthy for your plants!
Plant Shade Trees
If you have a garden which doesn’t like direct sunlight or high temperatures, then you should consider planting shade trees. Go for large eucalyptus and other trees which look good, which provide habitat for native species and which require low maintenance.
Alternatively, you could use shade cloth to protect sensitive plants, but I prefer the natural option whenever possible.
Make Sure Your Plants Have Enough Nutrients
The chances are that your plants will already be stressed by high temperatures and dry soil. If you want them to keep looking good throughout the summer, you need to make sure that they have enough nutrients. Consider fertilising with an eco-friendly trace element mixture at the start of summer. You can also use things like a seaweed supplement and compost regularly to make sure your plants stay in perfect condition!
Choose The Right Plants!
Don’t try and grow cold-weather plants in summer. Instead, plant tough native’s and plants which are both drought tolerant and which like the heat. If you’re planting vegetables, go for things like melons and tomatoes. If you’re planting ornamental plants, speak to your local nursery workers to figure out what your best options are.
Keeping your garden green and luscious throughout summer can be difficult, particularly given Australia’s tough conditions. The above tips should help you get started, but make sure that you do your own research and use a bit of common sense. Good luck!