You need to prepare your garden for the wet
“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.