Tips to pre­pare gar­dens be­fore go­ing on a hol­i­day

Pilbara News - - Property - Deryn Thorpe

I’m go­ing on a hol­i­day, which means pre­par­ing my gar­den to mostly look af­ter it­self while I am away.

In the past few weeks it has been given a dose of sea­weed fer­tiliser to thicken the cell walls to help it cope with the heat and most of the beds still have a de­cent cov­er­ing of mulch to re­duce wa­ter loss.

I’ve got lots of pots and many are not retic­u­lated. All of these have been grouped to­gether and moved to a shady spot in the gar­den beds so the sprin­klers will give them a reg­u­lar wa­ter­ing.

All the sprin­klers have been checked to en­sure they are not blocked by plants grow­ing in front of them — this is usu­ally the main cause of plant death in my gar­den. A few of the sprin­klers have been raised with a piece of ex­ten­der pipe to en­sure that their sprays cover all the gar­den bed.

The blue­ber­ries were moved to the shade last month as. While they need sun over win­ter and spring to flower, the leaves burn and crisp in our hot sum­mers.

While most of the gar­den has drought-tol­er­ant peren­nial plants, there are a few wa­ter-needy spec­i­mens that re­quire a lit­tle ex­tra at­ten­tion as they hate dry­ing out.

In the shade gar­den my hy­drangea, fuch­sia, lamium and be­go­nias have been given a spray of Drought Shield. It’s an acrylic poly­mer that stops wa­ter loss by up to 40 per cent, which helps if the weather is hot and dry.

How­ever, to en­sure that my gar­den looks good no mat­ter the weather, or in case of a retic­u­la­tion break­down, I’m pay­ing the teenager next door to col­lect the mail, fill up the fish pond and wa­ter any pots that were too big to move to the gar­den.

He comes with an in­sur­ance pol­icy as his mum is a keen gar­dener and I’ve told her to pop in to pick the ve­g­ies and flow­ers while we’re away.

Pic­ture: Bill Hatto

Home­owner and gar­den­ing colum­nist, Deryn Thorpe in the gar­den of her Mt Law­ley home.

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