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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:
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
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.