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that must be done - do it in the cool of the day.
systems - in early summer check your watering systems, not blocked or
punctured. Consider putting in drip line systems that will get water to the
plant roots and reduce water loss to evaporation or burning to plants. Check
the times when watering systems can be used.
- Water in the
cool of the day -
- Direct water
to the plant roots not the leaves. Remember the plants that need a good deep
- Plants in pots
need water daily during hot weather.
- Pots in full
sun should be moved into partial
plenty of mulch on your garden, this helps retain the moisture in the soil and
keep the plant root systems cool. We have both sugar cane mulch
and Ezi Life coloured wood chip mulch that does not
- Create shade
for plants on days of extreme heat, shade cloth or other materials that can
reduce exposure to the sun and subsequent burning or
damage. Important to
protect tomato plants and their fruit against extremely hot
- Pruning -
avoid pruning prior to or during hot weather. Plants that bloomed in late
spring and early summer benefit from a summer prune when their first flush of
flowers is finished, roses can be cut back by one third. Summer flowing
annuals that have become straggly can be cut back by half. Feed pruned plants with
an organic fertilser to encourage new growth.
- Taking a
holiday? Is someone caring for your garden while you take a holiday? Move pot
plants to one area to make it easier for your friend to care for them.
Remember to spray your roses before you go to reduce infections on them.
Spraying of mixture of milk and water (1:10) fortnightly to your roses
will reduce infections.
- Lawn areas
require more maintenance than other areas of the garden, if shaded areas look
shabby consider using groundcovers that can take some traffic, perphaps some
that have flourished in your garden can be used as a source.
with sealed or paved surfaces generates reflective heat and increases
evaporation so plants become thirstier.
- While you
shelter from the heat consider the design of your garden. Group plants that
have similar water requirements, in your garden you can create
zones of No
Water, Low Water, High Water, Not watering doesn't mean you cannot have colour
and an interesting garden.You can save water by selecting
to their water needs.
Plants that survive on natural
Nandina * Roses
that need watering once a week:
* Azaleas (established)
need watering twice a week:
wetters can reduce water usage up to 50% when added to soil or potting mix.
Ideal for use in garden beds, pots and lawns. Seasol when sprayed on plants also
strengthens them and enhances drought tolerance.
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