Clean up leaves
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.
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.