The Climate and Your Garden
Well, you can’t say that Australia has not experienced some of the wildest weather this summer. The extremes have been amazing. Extreme heat and humidity in Queensland with very little rain. Great buckets of rain and devastating storms in the southern states and surrounds.
No, we are not going to enter into the global warming / climate change discussion. Australia is a large and vast country. It is not surprising to have such diverse weather conditions when you take into account her massive size and dimensions.
What Bacchus Marsh & Redgum Garden Centre does want to talk about is the best way to ensure your garden survives the conditions Mother Nature is sure to throw at it.
Laying Down Good Roots
The best way to help the plants in your garden lay down good roots is the give them the correct soil to thrive in. Take stock of what it is you are growing or want to grow. Do these plants prefer a high or low PH soil? What sort of nutrients can you add to the soil to assist in their growth?
Laying down good roots means that you have a healthy plant that can withstand extreme heat, cold, wind, rain, hail, sleet, and storms. Your plants have a much better chance of survival and will recover quicker.
Good mulch can consist of forest cuttings, gravel, stone, nut shells, and bark to name a few. Any and all of these products are effective in the control of weed growth and assist in water retention. The trick is to select the right product according to what your garden requires, what you can afford, and what you like the look of.
Having enough water and protecting sensitive root bases from the elements is essential.
Trimming and Pruning
Keeping your plants trimmed and pruned is vital to ensure their continued good health. Learning the correct way of when and how to do this for each plant can be the single biggest reason your plants thrive or die.
If you don’t choose to do this, there is no doubt that Mother Nature will do her own cleaning. This could result in her pruning away not only dead wood so to speak but heavily laden branches that were otherwise healthy.
Good Support Structures
Some plants will grow up and over a trellis, arch, fence, or gate, for example. Ensuring these support structures are in good condition and can withstand any and all forms of weather, will make for a much more aesthetically pleasing garden.