Garden Maintenance Tips In Australia
If you live in Australia, keeping your garden healthy all year round may prove to be difficult given the fact that winter crop production is expected to dwindle to around 20 percent this year due to drought.
Gardening may either be a fulfilling hobby, a good source of additional income or a food cost-saving effort. But, if you’re living in Australia, keeping your garden healthy all year round may prove to be difficult given the fact that winter crop production is expected to dwindle for more than 20 percent this year due to drought. However, while battling the gamut of this extreme weather condition one has no choice but to be hopeful that like everything else in this world, the drought, too will soon pass. And part of being hopeful is to never give up on your love for gardening. Here are some useful tips on how you can help ensure your garden stays in tip top shape despite the climate change.
Drought proof your soil.
One way to drought proof your garden is to make sure your soil is home to large quantities of organics such as aged manures and compost. It is important that you work the soil on a regular basis by digging and forking it over to make way for improved penetration of air and water. Do not forget to put organic mulch to a depth of up to ten centimeters. This way, you’ll be able to minimize the risk of water loss while also keeping the soil cool.
Choose the right plants.
Just because you’re living in South Australia or in an area away from the coast which is very prone to drought does not mean you can only have cactus in your garden. In fact, there are plenty of plants that only require less amount of water. Geraniums, olives and some varieties of roses are examples of drought tolerant plants that can survive for longer periods without water supplementation. Remember that plants which need more water and more nurturing will be the first ones to die when drought season hits. Therefore, it is best to opt for plants that only warrant low water use.
Watch out for bug attacks.
Bug damage provides a good entry point for bacteria and viruses to be able to penetrate into the plant. Note that these bugs can be carriers of viruses that could be transported from one plant to another. Aphids are among the most common garden pests in Australia. Unfortunately, these pests are also carriers of viruses that are known to wreak havoc to plants. If you don’t watch out for insect attacks, your plants will be exposed to viruses that make them less capable of fighting against disease. You can find many tips on this Australian website and see how you can prevent these bugs from ruining your garden.
See to it that you’re using the right fertilizer.
When applying fertilizers, remember that the plants can’t have too much of it. Otherwise, the roots of the plants can get burned. Once the roots are burned, it will become less capable of absorbing water. As a consequence the plants will become more prone to damage caused by drought and other severe weather conditions.This also makes the plants weak whereas plants with enough fertilizer are stronger against diseases.
Remember that plants are living things too. When in doubt, ask the experts right away rather than risk doing something that could only end the life of your plants.