Top 5 Gardening tips for this week:
1.Keep the water up to your garden beds and lawns, with at least one or two good soaks for lawns during the warmer weeks ahead. Also, don’t forget to use a wetting agent on your garden beds and lawn. The use of wetting agents will not only help to retain moisture, but also encourage your plants and lawns to set their roots down lower in the soil profile.
Check all irrigation to see that it’s working efficiently and timers are set for the early morning or late afternoon and not in the heat of the day.
Mulch garden beds and around your trees and shrubs. This will enable the ground to retain moisture, thus saving on water use.
Keep the mowing height of your lawn mower up. This will help against the effects of higher temperature and reduce the incidence of stress due to heat.
Protect sensitive plants with shade-cloth during summer months, especially vegetables that are susceptible to high temperature.
*Chris Bray is the garden centre manager for Dubbo’s Brennan’s Mitre 10.