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How to Look after Drought Stressed Plants

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How to improve Drought Stressed Plants

STEP 1       >> PRUNE YOUR PLANTS

By reducing the size of your plants, the amount of water required will be dramatically decreased. A reduced canopy / leaf area also means less water lost thru transpiration. Pruning also stimulates new growth. Generally most plants should be pruned after flowering, however a secondary prune in summer or autumn is often beneficial too. A softer form of pruning is to pick the flowers as they come into bloom, ie Roses.

 

STEP 2       >> WATER WISELY

Soils that have become dry, can be very difficult to re-wet and they often become water repellant. To assist with this problem:

  • Create a large ditch around the plant (like a moat).
  • Use a Soil Wetting Agent to help the soil / root ball absorb water again. Either Granular or Liquid Soil Wetting Agents are available.
  • Hand water once or twice a week throughout summer and autumn by filling up the ditch and letting water soak through 2-3 times per session.

We suggest
Richgro's Range Ezi-Wet Products
Debco's Range of SaturAid Products

 

STEP 3       >> FEED YOUR GARDEN

Apply Seasol to your garden as it is a powerful pick-me-up during times of stress. It is a plant booster that promotes tougher, more resilient plants, healthier growth, stronger roots and bigger, better blooms. 
Apply a suitable Slow Release Fertiliser throughout your garden. Refer to How to Choose the right Fertiliser Guide

We suggest 
Seasol's Range of Products 
Richgro's Range of Organic Range of Fertilisers 
Neutrog's 100% Organic Range
Seasol's Powerfeed Range
Langley's Fertiliser Range

 

STEP 4       >> MULCH YOUR GARDEN

Mulch is essential in conserving water and therefore greatly improves the growth and look of plants. There are many forms of Mulch available in a variety of textures and colours. 
Mulch can be Organic, ie bark, pea straw, lucerne or Inorganic ie pebbles or rocks. Apply mulch around the base of the plant to a depth of 75mm. 
HINT: Keep mulch clear of the trunk to avoid collar rot. 

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