Top tips for Summer gardening
Gardening tips for summer
- Avoid gardening in the heat of the day. Make the most of the early morning-it's a good time to hand-water deeply, particularly if the weather's been dry, hot or windy.
- Guard against the harmful effects of the sun and wear a protective sunscreen, a broad-brimmed hat and a long-sleeved top, even if the day is overcast.
- Protect your eyesight with appropriate eyewear (goggles or safety glasses) when using a lawn-edger, hedge-cutter or mulcher. Take care when using machines that can flick objects a long distance.
- Wear a dust mask when working with potting mix to avoid inhaling any particles, and wear gloves. Always purchase products that comply with the Australian standards.
- Prevent injuries from thorns, allergic reactions, insect bites and tools by wearing suitable gloves. And wash your hands thoroughly after gardening.
- Clean gardening tools before putting them away, and coil hoses when they're not in use. Keep equipment and chemicals out of reach of children.
- Retain moisture in the soil by using water-saving products and keeping the mulch topped up. You might like to consider inorganic mulch, such as pebbles or tumbled glass. Although it won't break down and improve the soil like an organic mulch, it's more permanent. Ask your favourite garden centre for advice.
- Watch out for spiders and any other creatures that might bite or sting and keep the insect-repellent handy.
- Keep areas near bushland clear of debris and clean out gutters. If you're going on holidays, make sure the front garden is neat and arrange for your mail to be collected.
- Tip-prune native shrubs as soon as they finish flowering to maintain an attractive shape and promote healthy growth.
- Thrill to the wonderful hot summer shades of bougainvillea, cannas, dahlias and hibiscus.
- Sit in the shade with a refreshing drink and plan some projects for the cooler months.