When it comes to keeping a thriving garden, how do you do it without it drying out? How do you keep it lush and green, so that your lawn and flowerbeds don’t become like a scene of tumbleweeds or the image above?
Well here are my five best tips to how you can keep your garden abundant and healthy during the warmer periods.
#1: Proper Watering
When it comes to helping your garden to be lush and prosperous, it is important to have a working and sufficient water supply to your lawn and beds, particularly in the warmer months.
However, be aware not to drown them, as too much water can be just as bad as too little.
Properly tested irrigation supplies, such as irrigation controllers and sprinkler systems, can help alleviate this problem.
Many systems have the ability to be operated by manual valve shutoffs and automatic timer settings.
This can keep your lawn and beds well hydrated during the summer as well as help prevent overwatering and/or control use if you’re on water restrictions.
#2: Marvellous Mulch:
Whether it is with natural shredded bark or grass clippings, mulch on your garden can enable you to keep it healthy and happy and you can be amazed how much time it can save you by letting Mother Nature do its job.
Good, sustainable and healthy mulch can prevent your garden from wasting water by being allowed to absorb the hydration, which, in turn, will help your irrigation.
It can also cool down your plants by helping the soil not to dry out.
Think of mulch as your garden’s answer to sunscreen and moisturiser on your skin. It stops the soil from cracking and any further evaporation.
#3: Wipe out the Weeds:
It may not be a surprise, but there is a reason weeds appear to overrun your yard and make it unruly. They are pest plants for a reason – they absorb everything your plants need to grow.
In hot weather, particularly a drought, they will gradually kill your plants if you don’t watch out.
According to Better Homes and Gardens, “…remove every single weed growing in your garden, as they sap valuable moisture from the soil.”
#4: Plant suitable plants:
When it comes to having a plentiful harvest in your backyard particularly during the warm, dry months, it can be wise to sow varieties of plants that are hardy and low maintenance.
Those such as succulents, cacti, and natives are best, as they will not only thrive, thanks to their natural adaptations, they can be water saving.
These can include a variety of herbs, such as rosemary and oregano, as well as those such as Kangaroo Paw, Banksia, and lovely smelling Lavender.
They will absorb the moisture and store it deep inside. So, of the many benefits provided, it saves you time and your garden’s precious resource, water, which is great in times of drought.
#5: Shade sensitive plants and buds:
You would think that keeping plants in shade would discourage them from growing. However, during the hot weather, this is actually a responsible protective measure.
If you have a keen green thumb or visit a nursery to select your plants, you’ll find that different plants prefer different amounts of light. This also relates to heat tolerance.
Young, budding plants and those that can’t handle much direct sun are best in cooler areas. Shade cloth can also be a great temporary measure for young plants. Now there are my five tips for how you can help your garden to bloom and blossom, even in the warmer months. Good luck and happy gardening!