Is gardening in Australia difficult, or do we just need to rethink our strategy to complement dry days and extreme sunshine? At Worx Tools we’re sending down a hat-trick of Summer gardening tips your way to bowl over the chance of overheated plants.
1. Keep your pots cool
Terracotta pots are extremely popular, they look great and are a foundation of any garden, but they are vulnerable when it comes to heat. Terracotta stores heat and basically bakes your plants on those scorching days. Pot placement to best utilise the midday and afternoon shade is your starting point. From here also remember that standing your potted plants in water filled saucers heightens the chance of root rot and also creates a mosquito breeding ground. Instead fill those saucers with sand and keep the sand moist. Two very simple steps will keep your roots healthy through Summer.
2. Activate your watering can
To conserve water in those long dry seasons we should be watering plants and the garden as little as we can but we also want to keep our outdoor living space as beautiful as possible. What do we do? When we water, do it deeply and double down by mixing soluble fertilisers with added seaweed into the watering can. In this way you tick two boxes with one action and conserve water for when you really need it.
3. Go native with heat loving plants
Check your plants and if they’re already struggling in Spring then it’s worth removing them and replacing with native plants that flourish in the heat. We live in a wildly hot country where the sun has herculean strength. Here is a list of a few native plants that will not only survive, they’ll thrive and beautify your garden; Dahlias, Frangipani, Gardenia, Kangaroo Paw, Grevillea and Bougainvillea are all amazing and a constant reminder of the most beautiful natural assets in Australia.
These three simple steps from Worx Tools will start your Summer gardening off right. Make sure to contact your local Worx specialist, ask about our gardening range and any extra tips they recommend for specific plants or your garden space.