How to keep the garden in top shape during hot weather

Benaraby Junction Nursery owner Judy Turner shares her secrets on how to keep a garden healthy in summer.
Benaraby Junction Nursery owner Judy Turner shares her secrets on how to keep a garden healthy in summer. Mike Richards

DURING the hot weather, we are given endless information about how to look after ourselves and the importance of staying hydrated.

And the same goes for our plants.

The Benaraby Junction Nursery owners Colin Olsen and Judy Turner service home owners, landscapers, businesses and developers in central Queensland - and know the ins and outs of summer garden health.

"In the summer months, it is important to maintain the moisture content in your garden," Ms Turner said.

"It is always best to water the garden in the evening, to eliminate moisture loss, and mulch is beneficial to hold the moisture in the ground."

She said you could plant just about anything if it was from a sunny growing area, but warned plants grown in the shade would burn as soon as they were put in the sun.

The most prevalent issue about summer gardening was insufficient water.

"Be sure you give your plants enough by measuring the water you put on the garden, for it to penetrate the root system," she said.

During summer, she said the more commonly bought plants were palms, hedges, grevilleas, natives and shrubs.

Her essential tips for maintaining a healthy garden in summer were ensuring there was lots of water and mulch.

Topics:  gardening lifestyle plants summer

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