Top 5 Gar­den­ing tips for this week:

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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.

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