Summer Holiday Gardening Tips


Summer is a great time to get outdoors, soak up the sunshine and enjoy time with loved ones. It’s also a great time for the garden with flowers blooming and plants thriving.

However, our holidays are not always spent at home… so before you leave to enjoy your holidays, it’s important to prepare your garden for the Aussie summer! If your potted plants, flowers and gardens are being left over the summer holiday, read our top ten tips to ensure they’re ready to survive the heat.

1. Group potted plants together so watering is easy (especially if someone is minding your garden).

2. Place saucers under tender potted plants like hydrangeas to catch excess water for plants to draw on during hot days

3. Move sensitive potted plants into a more shaded location, where they are sheltered from the harshest afternoon sun.

4. Spray vulnerable plants and seedlings with Yates® Waterwise™ Droughtshield™ to help reduce water loss from the leaves and increase the plants’ chances of survival

5. An application of Yates® Waterwise™ Soil Wetter around the root zone in garden beds will help get water where it’s needed by breaking down the waxy water repellent layer that can develop on soil surfaces

6. Spread 5cm layer of mulch over garden beds, vegie patches and on the top of pots to help reduce the amount of moisture lost from the soil.

7. Spread some Yates® Dynamic Lifter® Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser on garden beds and around trees to provide a slow release of nutrients while you’re away.

8. Set up a watering system or soaker hose on a tap timer to apply water to your garden at regular intervals

9. Mow the lawn before you leave, but don’t be tempted to mow it too low as longer lawns dry out less and stay greener during summer

10.Group indoor plants together in a well-lit bath or the laundry sink, water them well and place a wet towel under the base of pots to maintain moisture.


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