WITH a long hot summer ahead, our gardens are set to take a beating over the next few months.
Now is the time to prepare the yard for the challenging conditions ahead.
Guildford Town Garden Centre gives us five simple jobs to start this weekend to ensure our gardens survive the heat.
1. Check irrigation
Run a test on the irrigation system and check that all areas of the garden and lawn are getting adequate water.
Prune back plants that have grown and are blocking the sprinklers.
Repair damaged sprinklers and adjust the height of those that don’t reach certain areas of the garden.
Lastly, install new sprinklers to plants and trees that may need extra water.
2. Fortify plants
Encourage the development of a healthy root system so that plants will be able to take up adequate water and nutrition over summer.
Apply a dose of seaweed emulsion such as Seasol and add a liquid probiotic such as Gogo Juice to feed soil microbes and build strong healthy roots.
3. Feed the garden
Apply a slow release fertiliser such as Troforte or Growsafe.
Slow release fertilisers ensure food is available when the plant needs it in a form that the roots can take up.
This type of slow release has up to 60 minerals and 24 species of beneficial microbes, bacteria and fungi.
It develops the soil to promote drought resistance and encourages the return of earthworms to the garden.
4. Apply mulch
A layer of soft organic mulch across the garden helps keep roots cool during summer, retains moisture, suppresses weed growth and breaks down to feed the soil.
Dsatco Triple-C is a perfect blend of cereal crops, chicken manure and canola. It is a unique organic formula for WA gardens and is weed, seed and disease free.
5. Pest and disease patrol
Check plants for any pests and diseases. There may be caterpillars, thrips, aphids, scale or mites attacking plants or fungal infections such as rust or powdery mildew.
Treat any pests and diseases before plants get stressed by the summer heat.