Gardening Tips for Australia Summers
Keep Pots Cool
When it is hot out, some potted plants are prone to overheating. If possible, try to keep your plants in terracotta pots out of the way of direct sunlight, mulch them occasionally, and water them frequently to keep the soil moist.
Water Plants in the Morning
Did you know that watering your plants earlier in the day can help prevent mildew? By watering early in the morning, you can keep the soil moist while also allowing the leaves and flowers to dry during the day.
Watch Out for Pests
Although gardeners should stay vigilant for pests year-round, many damaging bugs appear more frequently when soil is warmer and moister. Termites are regular garden visitors during this season. Termites can provide significant benefits to your soil, but you need to place your garden–especially any areas with woodchips–at least one meter away from your home. It would help if you also watched out for aphids, grasshoppers, and mealybugs in your flowers.
Weeding your garden year-round should be a priority, but many weeds spread even more rapidly in the summer heat. Weeds are not only an eyesore to your garden, but they can bring more pests to the area and absorb moisture that your flowering plants need to use. Be sure to get weeds out while they are still relatively young before they start dropping seeds.