Gar­den­ing tips and tricks

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

SO you’d love your gar­den to look mag­nif­i­cent, but the amount of ef­fort re­quired seems daunt­ing? Don’t fret - at some stage, we all feel the same way. Here are a few sug­ges­tions:

Never plant a lawn that takes more than 20 min­utes to mow short.

Re­place all your nor­mal pots with self­wa­ter­ing ones. You won’t have as many plant losses.

Avoid too many plants that die down in

- life is too win­ter, avoid­ing the need for cut­ting back.

Don’t plant a rose, no mat­ter how be­guil­ing, un­less it’s rated top 10 for dis­ease re­sis­tance. Spraying is a real drag.

Don’t make wide gar­den beds, they’re hard to work and you’ll do your back in.

Ig­nore ad­vice not to plant too thickly. With enough good plants, weeds can’t grow.

Buy a light tiller to re­duce dig­ging.

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