Clean up leaves

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - LIFE -

WITH it be­ing so dry for so long, you will no­tice your gar­den is start­ing to suf­fer, even the big gum trees are drop­ping their leaves.

They have a huge root sys­tem, but they still can­not keep the wa­ter up to all the leaves, so it will drop some of them to help it sur­vive.

To help your plants use the leaves as a mulch, just rake them or mow them up and put them un­der the trees.

You also need to give all your plants a re­ally, re­ally good drink of wa­ter, and I mean hav­ing the sprin­kler un­der your plants for quite a few hours once a week and that in­cludes the lawn.

Wa­ter late in the af­ter­noon for pref­er­ence, but any time of the day will be a life saver.

Sea­weed fer­tiliser is great for plants un­der stress, it has very lit­tle ni­tro­gen, it is more of a tonic than a fer­tiliser.

So it is great for this type of job, as you are look­ing to keep the plants healthy and alive and not to much en­ergy go­ing into growth.

You can also pro­tect your plants by spray­ing them with a prod­uct called Envy, it a anti -tran­spi­ra­tion liq­uid that, re­duces mois­ture loss by 50%.

You now add a few bags of com­post and then mulch over the top of the soil, but don’t dig it in as you will lose mois­ture .

“Mulch up and don’t dig down” is a great say­ing when it is so dry.

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TREES IN NEED: To help your plants use the leaves as a mulch, so just rake them or mow them up and put them un­der the trees.

GREEN THUMBS WILL WATER­FORD Owner of Caloun­dra Gar­den and Pet Sup­plies

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