DROUGHT PROOF: Using your clean shower water on your garden is thing to do during dry months.
DROUGHT PROOF: Using your clean shower water on your garden is thing to do during dry months. lenalir

Tips for proofing your garden against drought

WITH large parts of Australia in drought and very warm conditions affecting the coastal areas well before summer officially arrives, now is a good time to take action to prepare your garden for more dry weather ahead.

Yates horticultural consultant Angie Thomas has some great tips to share for looking after your garden during very dry weather.

Mulch

  • Apply a generous layer of mulch over any garden beds, vegetable patches and pots to help reduce the amount of moisture that is lost from the soil or potting mix.

Soil wetting agents

  • 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 has a lot of organic matter can hold more moisture so regularly mix concentrated sources of organic matter into your soil, such as compost and organic soil improvers.

Early morning watering

  • Try to water your garden and pots in the early morning cool evaporation is low which will help hydrate and prepare plants for the heat of the day.

Polymer film

  • During a drought, apply a specialised polymer film over the leaves of any sensitive plants in your garden. This will help to reduce moisture loss from leaves.

Utilise your shower

  • Put a bucket under your showerhead and collect clean shower water while it is heating up. Once cool you can then re-use this water for your garden.

For more gardening tips, go to www.yates.com.au.


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