The Australian summer fills gardeners with trepidation - will it be unbearably hot and dry or will torrential rains create havoc?
For most of us, it's all about outdoor entertaining, the festive season and holidays but, if your garden is to survive the vagaries of Summer, there is some work to be done.
Early summer is still a good time to plant out flowers and vegetables. Avoid planting in the heat of the day and try to get them all in the ground or pots before the end of December. Water seedlings in with Scotts Pure Organic Premium Seaweed Liquid Plant Food - use the concentrate and dilute it in a watering as the label recommends.
Plant flowers, bulbs and vegetables as early in summer as possible. Once daytime temperatures hit 30 deg C or more, it's too hot to plant tender seedlings and bulbs. Suggestions for early Summer include:
The flower garden
Plants need regular feeding if they are to continue growing strongly and healthily. If you used a six or 12 month controlled release Osmocote in Spring, you don't need to reapply it yet.
Trimming evergreen trees and shrubs in early summer will help keep them neat and tidy as well as encourage bushiness, rather than long, straggly growth
Read more in our Complete Guide to Lawn Care
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