You need to pre­pare your gar­den for the wet

Whitsunday Times - - YOUR HOME YOUR BACKYARD -

“THANK you for the rain,” were the words to Cy­clone Dy­lan from Plants Whit­sun­days Plants Plus re­tail man­ager Jenny Stokes this week.

It has been a dry wet sea­son so far, and while the much­needed rain was ap­pre­ci­ated, Ms Stokes said Cy­clone Dy­lan could keep its de­struc­tive winds to it­self.

“I lost trees in my yard, and so I’m as­sum­ing oth­ers did too. They weren’t old trees. I lost a cou­ple of na­tives and this is be­cause they have shal­low roots,” she said.

Na­tive trees have shal­low roots, es­pe­cially if they have been planted from cut­tings. Na­tive trees planted from cut­tings can de­velop fi­brous roots, while if they were grown from the seed they de­velop tap root, which helps to se­cure the plant.

Stak­ing them to the ground will also as­sist with keep­ing them em­bed­ded, and sea salt will act as a tonic to calm the plant in high winds or soggy ground.

Ms Stokes also ad­vised that the com­bi­na­tion of rain and sun pro­vides the per­fect en­vi­ron­ment for two hated yard prob­lems.

Firstly, mould thrives in these con­di­tions so splash some Wet and For­get on your drive­ways and pa­tios to kill the spores.

Also, lawn grubs love the hot and steamy con­di­tions. If you see brown patches ap­pear­ing on your lawn, be sure to treat it im­me­di­ately, ei­ther with an or­ganic treat­ment such as Eco-neem, or a chem­i­cal treat­ment such as chlor­pyri­fos.

“Be sure to treat the green area on the grass, not the brown area the grubs have al­ready at­tacked,” Ms Stokes said, adding that it’s a good idea to do the pa­ram­e­ters also to pro­tect neigh­bours’ lawns.

Lastly, Ms Stokes said don’t for­get to fer­til­ize as rain tends to wash fer­til­izer away, and it’s im­por­tant gar­den­ers con­tinue to pre­pare for ex­treme weather, as we’re not out of the dan­ger zone yet.

READY FOR ANY­THING: Plants Plus Plants Whit­sun­day re­tail man­ager Jenny Stokes said the com­bi­na­tion of rain and heat means res­i­dents should take ex­tra pre­cau­tions in their gar­den.

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