Getting our gardens to be more drought resistant isn’t always about digging everything up and starting all over again. It’s about proper soil cultivation with the right plant choices and good garden maintenance. Based on the professional work I offer, let’s look at how you can create a garden that will be drought-proof.
Why Should You Think About Drought?
All gardeners working in Australia need to consider the effects of climate on the plants they grow. The feel of the garden can change by using different types of plants. You can achieve dramatic plantings by using plants that are easy to maintain and have low moisture. As experts of the field, we recommend opting for drought-resistant plants as they naturally form communities of plants that come from Mediterranean habitats and thrive in the same conditions.
How Can You Make The Garden Tolerate Drought?
Being Brisbane’s trusted landscapers for over 14 years means we know exactly what you need to do to maintain your gardens. So, here are some of my expert tips that should help you keep your garden free from drought conditions.
#1. Deep Cultivation of the Soil
You should look at cultivating the soil deeply and dig in large amounts of organic matter to improve not only the structure of the soil, but also its water retention and availability for plants.For suitable organic matter, you can use well-rotted garden compost, composted bark, farmyard manure as well as mushroom compost.
#2.Use Sufficient Amount of Fertiliser
You will need to apply a sufficient amount of fertiliser since plants use water most effectively when nutrient levels are adequate. However, you should be careful not to use too much fertiliser as well, since that can trigger excessive lush growth that can flop in summer, requiring extra watering.
#3. Look Out for the Colour of the Leaves
Here’s a tip only an expert like us can give you – try to choose plants that have silver or grey-green leaves. This is because such coloured leaves reflect the sun’s rays, helping conserve all the moisture in the plant tissues.
#4. Choose the Right Plants
Always try to choose plants that will suit the site’s soil type and other aspects. The plants that suit the soil will be more tolerant to any varying climate conditions as well as any disease or pest problems. Not sure what plants to go for? Call Brizcapes today on 0439 532 152, or contact us for consultation.
#5. Plant things that Are Still Small
Go for plants that are still relatively small. This is because such plants will develop much better and will have much more resilience as they will be able to adapt to the conditions around them from a young age. The best time to plant new plants is autumn, since they will grow a little before the arrival of the dry cold weather. However, if you are thinking of planting a Mediterranean plant, you might want to do this in spring.
#6. Understand the Importance of Water
Before you plant your new plants, I recommend you thoroughly soak them in the pots in a bucket of water. Keep them soaked till the bubbles stop rising from it to the surface. You should always water in all new plants thoroughly and keep them well watered in the first season so they establish well. Once these plants are established, they will become much more tolerant to drought.
Following the above tips should greatly improve your garden’s tolerance to drought. Feel free to get in touch with Brizscapes to discuss your landscaping and gardening needs.