HOUSES OF IPSWICH
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AS SOON as you can, take a wander around the yard clean up, throw out or store neatly is the aim of the game.
Trim anything that looks ‘yuk’. Just give everything a light trim to neaten them up. Now is not the time to give everything a heavy handed trim, save that for after the parties.
Remove dead flowers and yellow leaves. If a plant looks really bad, maybe now is time to make the big decision to pull it out and replace with a beautiful healthy looking plant.
All those pots with half dead annuals - get rid of them. Empty the soil out into your garden and store empty pots neatly out of sight. If something looks unhealthy but you want to keep it, move it out of eyesight.
Give everything a good fertilise with Organic Link and start liquid fertilising weekly with Plant Care to give your garden a good kick up the …
Green up your lawn
The lawn is the most important part of many parties.
Start by giving it a good mow and tidy up the edges. Usually in summer lawns can be mown a little higher and if rain is about mow once a week. Try to mow with the catcher on to stop the spread of disease and weeds.
If it’s looking a bit brownish, try using a soil wetter and then a liquid fertilise with Triple Boost every week for a quick boost and green up.
The last thing you want your guests doing is the bindi dance. Spray your lawn with Searles Lawn Weeder at least two weeks before your party so all the weeds like bindi have had a chance to die.
Try to whippersnip and mow the day before your party so the lawns look fresh and neat.
Mulch covers up a multitude of sins and empty spaces always seem full after mulching. Sugar Cane, Searles Premium Garden Mulch, Bark are all great choices and they are great for the soil.
Did you know that mulching, when it’s done right, can reduce watering by about 60%?
For your garden, unless you’ve been planning this for months, there really isn’t any time to be planting young seedlings. You are going to have to go for advanced seedlings or pots of colour.
I like to strategically place pots of colour in empty spaces in the garden.
Try using a colour theme to really make a statement. Either use all same coloured pots or chose similar coloured flowers like all reds and whites.
My table decorations are always plants as in this heat cut flowers just don’t seem to last. A mixed pot of coloured silverbeet looks amazing as a table decoration and everyone can pick their own salad.
While you may not feel like gardening in the heat there are some plants that just thrive and their flowers hold – Pentas, Celosia, Angeloina, Geraniums, Hibiscus, Begonias, Poinsettias just to name a few.
The day before your party, do a last-minute clean-up (trim dead flowers). Make sure all the plants are watered. The last thing you want to be doing on the party morning is running around watering wilting plants before guests arrive.
Enjoy partying in style.