September has been a dry start to spring, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have green lawns and healthy growing gardens. Read on for help with your spring gardening.
The dry conditions this spring can set you up for a summer disaster if you are not looking after your lawns and gardens. Here we have some advice to help you make sure to have that perfect backyard cricket game in the holidays, see your flowers in full bloom, and veggies plentiful through the summer!
Spring Gardening for Lawns
Core your lawns
Coring your lawn will help with getting water penetrating into your soil, and encouraging new roots to grow.
Apply a granular wetting agent to your lawn
The granules will fall into your lawn’s core holes. Now whenever you apply water, the jelly crystals will swell up and allow the grass roots access to water for longer. This also means you’ll save water too!
Top-dress your lawn
Top-dressing will not only give more even lawn surface, it will also help retain water longer. Apply Shirley’s No 17 and Dynamic Lifter for a healthy growing lawn.
Water in the morning or evening
During dry times, water your lawn lightly – in the early morning or in the evening – to minimise water evaporation. If you water your lawn through the heat of the day, you’ll be losing a lot of water to evaporation!
Spring Gardening Tips for Gardens
Plant Australian Natives
Plant natives like Grevillea Robyn Gordon, Grevillea Superb, Grevillea Moonlight, Grevillea Ned Kelly, Callistemon Hanna Rae, Callistemon Kings Park Special. Any Natives for full sun have good drought tolerance and as a bonus have bird-attracting flowers.
Even plants that require soil to be always moist can also be grown in drought conditions. Just plant in the correct sun aspect and apply wetting agent to prevent the soil from repelling water (this can happen when the soil dries out).
Mulch, mulch, mulch!
Mulching to 75 mm thick with an organic mulch to encourage worm activity will keep the soil cool in hot days AND help water to stay in the soil.
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