Step 3 – Improve soil health
The soil is the backbone of the garden, so having healthy soil that can hold moisture is the key to a healthy, vibrant garden. Good quality soil can help prevent water runoff, and increase its water-holding ability, preventing plants from drying out.
If you didn’t have a chance to work on your soil over spring, it’s not too late to help your soil’s health. Add homemade compost and organic matter and/or Seasol Super Compost to the soil surface in the cool of the day. If you have already applied mulch, use the no-dig option of Seasol Liquid Compost.
If you haven’t applied mulch, it’s one of your soil’s best friends, as it helps deter weeds and keeps the soil and plant roots cool. Apply an organic mulch such as lucerne, sugarcane mulch or pea straw to the soil and around the plants (don’t apply too close to the main stem or trunk) which will also improve your soil over time.
Step 4 – Water, Water, Water the garden
Problems in the garden can often be traced back to a lack of water. When watering, check that it is going down into the soil. If it’s running off or pooling on top, it could be repelling water (hydrophobic soil). Applying a soil wetter such as Seasol Super Soil Wetter & Conditioner will help to overcome this.
Applying water via an irrigation system or sprinkler for longer periods, less often, ensures regular deep watering. Water in the cool of the day, early morning is ideal as plants have time to use it, and it helps to reduce fungal diseases such as powdery mildew.
When watering, check to ensure all equipment is working correctly, as a broken sprinkler head or a hole in the hose means water wastage and a lack of plant moisture. Before watering, also check the temperature of the water, as hot pipes and hoses can lead to burnt foliage.