Rowes Nursery

105 Landsborough Road Warragul 3820

Telephone 03-56222223

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Summer Gardening

Any gardening that must be done - do it in the cool of the day.
  1. Watering systems - in early summer check your watering systems, not blocked or punctured. Consider putting in drip line systems that will get water to the plant roots and reduce water loss to evaporation or burning to plants. Check the times when watering systems can be used.
  2. Water in the cool of the day -
  3. Direct water to the plant roots not the leaves. Remember the plants that need a good deep soak,
  4. Plants in pots need water daily during hot weather.
  5. Pots in full sun should be moved into partial shade.
  6. Have plenty of mulch on your garden, this helps retain the moisture in the soil and keep the plant root systems cool.  We have both sugar cane mulch and Ezi Life coloured wood chip mulch that does not fade. 
  7. Create shade for plants on days of extreme heat, shade cloth or other materials that can reduce exposure to the sun and subsequent burning or
    damage. Important to protect tomato plants and their fruit against extremely hot sun.
  8. Pruning - avoid pruning prior to or during hot weather. Plants that bloomed in late spring and early summer benefit from a summer prune when their first flush of flowers is finished, roses can be cut back by one third. Summer flowing annuals that have become straggly can be cut back by half. Feed pruned plants with an organic fertilser to encourage new growth.
  9. Taking a holiday? Is someone caring for your garden while you take a holiday? Move pot plants to one area to make it easier for your friend to care for them. Remember to spray your roses before you go to reduce infections on them. Spraying of mixture of milk and water  (1:10) fortnightly to your roses will reduce infections.
  10. Lawn areas require more maintenance than other areas of the garden, if shaded areas look shabby consider using groundcovers that can take some traffic, perphaps some that have flourished in your garden can be used as a source.
    Replacing lawn with sealed or paved surfaces generates reflective heat and increases evaporation so plants become thirstier.
  11. While you shelter from the heat consider the design of your garden. Group plants that have similar water requirements, in your garden you can create
    zones of No Water, Low Water, High Water, Not watering doesn't mean you cannot have colour and an interesting garden.You can save water by selecting
    plants according to their water needs.

    Plants that survive on natural rainfall:

        *      Succulents    *      Yuccas
        *      Agapanthus    *      Nandina
        *      Roses  

 Plants that need watering once a week:

    *      Hebes
    *      Phormium
    *      Buxus
    *      Azaleas (established)

Plants that need watering twice a week:

    *      Gardenia
    *      Murraya
    *      Lavender
    *      Camellias

Granular soil wetters can reduce water usage up to 50% when added to soil or potting mix. Ideal for use in garden beds, pots and lawns. Seasol when sprayed on plants also strengthens them and enhances drought tolerance.


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