When it comes to the harsh heat of the West Australian Summer, it’s important to consider your garden and how you can to keep it looking luscious and fertile.
One of, if not the most important things to consider is watering and reticulation. If you have reticulation set up, double check it’s set to the correct days and times. As we have water restrictions here in Western Australia, it’s important we adhere to all regulations.
If you’re unsure of what days you can water, take a look at The Water Corporations – Watering Days website.
Another important aspect of watering is to check that the reticulation is providing enough water to all areas of the garden. A great way to check this is to grab some old ice cream containers and place them evenly around the sprinkler zone. Run this area and then check how much water is in each container. If they are fairly even, it’s set up perfectly. If not, you may need to reconsider how much water each zone is getting and change your reticulation to suit.
It’s a smart idea to move pot plants that will fair better in the cooler weather to shaded spots throughout the backyard, such as under the pergola or around other plants or shrubs that provide shade. These smaller plants or flowers can be hand watered if you prefer or don’t have access to a hose.
It’s best to keep weeds under control, especially before summer as this is a season where they grow like wild fire. By spraying them on a nice hot day, the plant will soak up the chemical and the process will be much more effective.
Summer isn’t the ideal time for planting, but if you do wish to plant during this season, take considerable time to prepare the hole the plant will be placed in. Before you commence, ensure you soak some water storage crystals in a seaweed based solution. Once absorbed, mix this through the soil, in combination with an array of organic matter, including compost and rotted manure.
Ensure that the roots of the plant are very wet before planting and then insert the plant into the hole. Water the plant thoroughly without drowning it and ensure it’s watered regularly to prevent drying out. If your reticulation reaches it, even better. It’s best to hand water new plants every day until they have settled. It’s also important that the water soaks through from the top to the bottom of your plants to ensure the roots are getting enough moisture.
Mulch is an imperative part of your garden, typically in the hot Summer months. The type of mulch you need depends on your garden. If you regularly tend to your outdoor areas, have vegetable patches and flowerbeds, the best mulch to use is sugarcane, lucerne or pea straw. As these mulches slowly break down, they will work into the soil, benefiting your garden from the bottom to the top.
If you are seeking a longer term result, which unfortunately isn’t as beneficial for your garden, you can opt for woodier mulches including bark or pine chips, pebbles or gravels. These types of mulch don’t add any nutritional value to the soil but they help to insulate and prevent weed growth.
For further information on how to keep your garden looking it’s best this Summer, check out our posts on Garden Inspiration For Homes In Western Australia, Tips & Ideas for Gardening and Landscaping in Perth Homes & The Best Native Plants for Western Australian Gardens.