With all of NSW now officially in drought, Angie Thomas, Horticulture Consultant to Yates, has pulled together her tips for looking after your garden during very dry weather.
It’s rough out there (not least of all for our farmers), but there are many practical steps you can take around the garden to help your plants survive on minimal water.
Use mulch: Apply a generous layer of mulch over any garden beds, veggie patches and pots. This will help to reduce the amount of moisture that is lost from the soil or potting mix.
Soil wetting agents: Ensure you use a soil wetting agent to help to break down the waxy, water repellent layer that can develop on soil and potting mix. This helps make the most of any rain or irrigation by enabling water to penetrate the soil evenly and effectively.
Organic matter: Soil that contains a lot of organic matter can hold more moisture. Regularly mix concentrated sources of organic matter into your soil, such as compost and organic soil improvers.
Early morning water: It’s best to water in the cool of the early morning, which helps hydrate and prepare plants for the heat of the day and when evaporation is low.
For more gardening information & tips or to chat with a horticulturist, go to www.yates.com.au.
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