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Prepare your Garden for Summer
08 Dec, 2021
Summer in Auckland usually means dry spells with little rain and water shortages. To keep your garden looking lush along with cutting your water usage, follow these easy tips to help you grow well.
During the heat of summer, it can be difficult to make sure plants get the water they need to survive, let alone thrive.
The first thing to remember is that plants absorb moisture through their roots. A well-developed root system with lots of little sponge-like root hairs is a plant's best insurance for survival during summer. To help plants develop good root systems, it's all about the soil!
You can help create good conditions for root growth by breaking up hard-packed soil with a fork and most all - by adding rich organic matter. Mixing organic matter, such as compost, peat moss and shredded leaves into your garden beds will make the soil more porous, so water that's applied to the soil surface will be easily absorbed and drain down to your plant's root zone. Plus, soil that is rich in organic matter can also retain much more moisture - so it's a win win!
It's also important to remember that when moisture levels alternate radically between wet and dry conditions, a plant's roots get stressed and damaged. Maintaining a consistent moisture level will help keep your plant's roots healthy.
Here are some tips to help reduce your water usage, while protecting your plants from drying out:
Add mulch and seal in the moisture
Adding mulch increases water penetration, improves soil fertility, and protects soil against evaporation and erosion.
Don’t water during the heat of the day
Deep morning watering helps your plants better withstand heat. Avoid watering in the heat of the day from mid morning till 5pm.
Learn the watering needs of your plants
Talk to our garden experts about how much water your plants need and group plants with similar needs together.
Add a soil wetting agent
Wetting agents assist in retaining as much water in your soil as possible, reducing wasted water.