January 31, 2017

As summer approaches, Russell has plenty of tips for people wanting to keep their garden looking nice in the heat.

  1. Use mulch to shield the soil from the summer sun, conserving moisture and keeping the root zone cool.
  2. Make sure to weed as they rob the garden of moisture and nutrients.
  3. Plant hardy seasonal colour such as petunias, angelonia, zinnia, echinacea or cosmos, just to name a few.
  4. The general rule is to prune anything lightly after flowering and if you have natives, a little harder pruning is okay for them.
  5. Raise your mowing height to encourage a denser lusher sward of grass which will compete with summer weeds.
  6. Keep an eye out for chewing and sucking pests as well as mildew and fungal problems and then treat as necessary.

 

Q&A

One word to describe your own garden: “Whimsical.”

The question you are asked the most: “Can you identify this disease, insect or plant species?”

Favourite plant: “My favourite tree would be a tupelo – it has the most perfect horizontal branching and is 100 per cent reliable for autumn colour.”

Favourite flower: “The easy-to-care-for camellia – has an awesome bloom in winter when not much else is flowering.”

 

Tips from Russell Brown, Gardening Guru.

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