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Summer Holiday Garden Survival Guide

Summer-garden

Summer is always a tough season for the garden. And when so many of us take holidays at this time of year, it’s an extra challenge to keep a garden watered and happy. So, here are some tips to help your garden make it through the holidays.

Water

Water is the key to summer survival for plants, but much of the water that’s applied by conventional sprinklers or hoses is wasted. Consider making the most of your water by installing a battery-powered water timer to control a do-it-yourself micro-irrigation system or soaker hoses. These deliver water slowly to the base of the plant, where it gets straight into the roots.

Holiday potted plant care
pots

Well-chosen plants can survive for long periods without watering. But if you’re going away for a few weeks, you’ll need to arrange for vulnerable plants to be watered. Potted plants are the ones most at risk, so here are some suggestions:

Before you go

Give the garden a really deep watering if there isn’t any rain on the way. Check that everything is well covered with mulch and top it up if needed (never spread mulch straight onto dry soil). The mulch helps keep roots moist, and slows down evaporation from the soil.

Keep burglars at bay.

An overgrown lawn is a tell-tale sign that you’re away. Mow the lawn as late as possible before you leave. Arrange for it to stay looking good by having someone come in to mow.

As soon as you can after you arrive home, take a walk in the garden and check for any pest, disease or weed problems that might have developed while you’ve been away.


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