With extreme temperatures experienced in many parts of Australia, there are many sun-scorched gardens that will benefit from a little extra care. Top tips for summer garden survival include:
- Ensuring a covering of mulch is on the ground to shade the soil. Mulch is applied to reduce evaporation and reduce soil temperatures. The majority of plant’s roots are in the top 10cm of soil and keeping these cool is crucial to extreme temperature survival.
- A few pieces of shade cloth for extremely hot days is a cheap, quick temporary solution to preventing sunburn on branches and leaves. If extreme temperatures are forecast throwing a piece of shade cloth over the canopy or draping over vulnerable branches early has the potential to save a tree or shrub.
- If foliage is burnt resist the temptation of pruning off immediately as the burnt foliage will shade protect the stems and vulnerable new shoots from any future extremely hot days. Prune after the danger of extreme heat has gone.